Thirsty for more Irish culture? Here are some links we recommend.
- A couple of fine examples of sean-nós ("old style" or unaccompanied) singing.
- www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qvus7IFyFMA (Conamara)
- old.tg4.ie/en/programmes/archive/traolach-o-conghaile/corn-ui-riada-2009.html (County Maigh Eo/Mayo)
- In the Name of the Fada - A made-for-TV miniseries by Irish-American comedian Des Bishop. He dives into the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking region) to learn Irish intensively for a certain period of time. His goal is to be able to perform the first-ever stand-up routine by the end of his education. www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPqoKpyhzP8&list=PLU4dK5FbA65HldYpgah5MNwxKgLu0uMNI
- C. U. Burn - First Gaelic sitcom. Ulster dialect of Irish in Donegal. If the Three Stooges were one unscrupulous crematorium owner named Charlie U. Burn. To see the order of episodes, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C.U._Burn. The Wikipedia page also gives some background on the show. Most episodes are searchable on YouTube.
- RTÉ Radio Player. Listen to Irish radio live anywhere in the world. RTÉ stands for Raidió Teilifís Éireann.
- Father Ted - Perhaps the most famous Irish television show, and a comedy. The modern Irish experience is not complete without it. Several priests minister to a small Áran island off the west coast of Connacht. Here's a link to the first episode of the first season: www.youtube.com/watch?v=eT9K0TAfiIQ.
- For the student of Irish, Daltaí na Gaeilge is an invaluable resource. Daltaí na Gaeilge is tailored to students in North American. It has forums in Irish and English, Gaeltacht weekend events, a directory of Irish teachers throughout the US and Canada, common phrases, grammar tables, proverbs in both Irish and English, games, and more. www.daltai.com.
- The Ulster Project is a wonderful organization that promotes peace and reconciliation between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. They bring Catholic and Protestant school kids over to the US, introduce them to a peer group of American kids, and lead them in character-building and other positive activities. The aim is to make these kids realize that they are more similar than they are different, and that their differences are no cause for strife. To date, no alumnus of the program has been convicted for violent crime. We have a local branch that hosts kids from Northern Ireland every summer.www.ulsterproject.org/tennessee.html.