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GIG: An Gaeilgeoir is Greannmhaire (English)

GIG: An Gaeilgeoir is Greannmhaire ar TG4

G.I.G. Stand-up as Gaeilge / TG4

An Gaeilgeoir is Greannmhaire, Best Irish Stand-up

Do you make people laugh? Are you a budding comedian?

Good Company Productions presents “G.I.G.”, a new 8-part reality television series for TG4.

GIG is on the hunt to find Ireland’s funniest, quick-witted and most entertaining Gaeilgeoir comic with the winner taking home a cash prize, and a slot at a major comedy festival in 2014.

For more information, contact John or Orla at (01) 497 3225 or (087) 238 7222, or like them on Facebook.

Applicants must be over 18 and fluent Irish is essential. Closing Date for applications is 17:00, Wednesday 31st of July 2013.

8 X 25” – TG4, Filming September / October 2013 for broadcast in January 2014

“An Gaeilgeoir is Greannmhaire” (G.I.G) is a newly formatted series for TG4 where we find and mould the funniest Irish Speaking Comedian (Gaeilgeoir) in Ireland.

Anchored by Síle Seoige we join our eclectic mix of judges from the world of comic entertainment as in a unique television experience we trawl the countryside and the cities of Ireland in search of Ireland’s funniest ‘real’ Gaeilgeoir.

Based on the collective experience of our judges (to be announced at a later date) on stage, in comedy, drama, lecturing, writing and performing it, they have the criteria for what they think is funny and comical as they weed out the voices, the comics, the characters, the fluency, the stars and the chancers who think they have what it takes.

We are looking for the comical butcher from Bóthar na Trá, the joking teacher from Tír Chonaill, the laughing carpenter from Ciarraí or the cynical student from Streamstown. This is a chance for the funniest Gaeilgeoirs of Ireland to come out in their droves and make a name for themselves.

Over an 8-week period, our judges will enlist the help of many well-known mentors as the ‘wannabees’ begin the training and the tutoring process. We will take them on a journey into the world of Irish comedy and comics, as through themed programmes anchored by these masterclasses. Our mentors and tutors will train them to be the best; to write the best; to think the best and to perform the best…

Locating our final line-up in Galway City, Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe becomes our home for both learning and the weekly performance. Only 8 aspiring comics will be chosen as we start out, but many will be eliminated by the judges along the way.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be coached and mentored to become a stand-up comic. We know it’s been done in the English language. The question is, can they transform these skills to work in the Irish language?

Who will stick the pace, who will create the best material and who will head to the finale in Killarney and perform to 200 native speakers at the premier Irish Language Festival in Ireland, ‘Oireachtas na Samhna’ as they showcase 8 nóiméad of stand-up as Gaeilge and be crowned An Gaeilgeoir is Greannmhaire.

It promises to be a night to remember both historically and comically.

The STAR Team

Ar Skype a Chéile Clár Nua do TG4

Ar Skype a Cheile

Ar Skype a Chéile / STAR Translation Imaging

Here’s an interesting release that came into us today, so we’d like to let all our Irish translators and readers know about it.

TG4 presenters Áine Goggins and Tomaí Ó Conghaile take separate journeys around Ireland to see just how dependent we are on social media to make things happen. Each week they are given a task which they have to perform within 48 hours. Áine will harness the power of technology and social media to make new friends, create networks and entice people out to help her. Tomaí will not. He will do it the old-fashioned way: meeting people in pubs, clubs and parish halls, using phone boxes and post offices, and sticking the thumb out for a lift along the way. Neither person can simply rely on their mobiles to make calls.

Ar Skype a Chéile is a play on the words of an Irish proverb, Ar Scath a Chéile, which means that with support from each other, we survive. But can Áine really survive in the real world and organise a speed dating night for example without asking for help in the traditional way? Can she muster enough social media friends to come out and support her endeavours in local communities and can Tomaí really mobilise people and make things happen without the power of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc?

This is a fun based series with both individuals pitched against each other against the clock as they try to make an impact in local areas. The entertaining results will tell us a lot about where we are as a society and whether our love affair with the internet can make a difference practically.

In the first episode, Tomaí is given 48 hours to organise a traditional cross roads céilí in rural Kerry, while Áine has to get as many online friends as possible to come along to a traditional Irish dance flash mob in a Donegal supermarket.

The six part series produced by Tobar Productions will be broadcast on TG4 in the Autumn, and is supported by the Irish Language Television Production Fund.

Follow the hashtag #Ar Skype A Cheile on Twitter.

The STAR Team

How do you say Saint Patrick’s Day in Irish?

Learn to say Saint Patrick’s Day in Irish

How do you say Saint Patrick’s Day in Irish? Part of our Irish word of the day series.

Saint Patrick’s Day in Irish is Lá Fhéile Pádraig.

Follow our Irish language series on YouTube for more free English to Irish translations.

The STAR Team

How do you say needle and thread in Irish?

Learn how to say needle and thread in Irish

How do you say needle and thread in Irish? Part of our Irish word of the day series.

So, to say need and thread in Irish = Snáthaid agus snáithín.

Visit our Irish language playlist for more Irish Language videos on YouTube.

The STAR Team

Learn How to Say Seafront in Irish

How to Say Seafront in Irish

Seafront in Irish is ‘aghaidh na farraige’. Watch the video to learn how to pronounce aghaidh na farraige.

The STAR Team

How do you say stairs in Irish?

Learn to say stairs in Irish

How do you say stairs in Irish? Part of our Irish word of the day series.

Stairs in Irish is staighre. Watch the video to learn how to pronounce it.

Learn more Irish words with our Irish Language series on YouTube.

The STAR Team

How do you say Easter in Irish?

Easter in Irish Language

How do you say Easter in the Irish language? Easter is An Cháisc in Irish. Play the video above to learn how to pronounce An Cháisc.

This is part of our Irish Word of the Day series — stay tuned for more…

The STAR Team

Abair Leat! Blogging in Irish

Abair Leat! website and blogging in Irish

Blogging in Irish / Abair Leat website

Blogging in Irish with Abair Leat

Abair Leat! is the world’s first exclusive minority language messaging app.

It’s also the first social network in the world exclusively dedicated to a minority language.

The website promotes the Irish language only. Irish language professionals, the media and students can interact in Irish, therefore it gives the opportunity to practice your Irish in an informal way. This tool is very helpful to improve one’s language skills whatever your command of Irish.

The idea came from the teachers of the Irish College, Coláiste Lurgan in Galway, to help its students prepare for their Leaving Certificate examinations. They plan to reach over 5,000 users by the end of 2012. Plans are to include an integrated thesaurus and a smartphone app. It’s great to see new ideas like this, and we fully support the initiative.

Irish culture is important to us at STAR Translation. We like to promote the Irish language through our services by providing free Irish translation such as our Word of the Day series on YouTube, and by providing professional Irish language document translation.

The STAR Team

Updated: 25th of March 2016

How to Say West in Irish

Learn How to Say West in Irish

West (direction) in Irish is ‘iarthar’. Watch the video to learn how to pronounce the Irish word iarthar.

The STAR Team

How to Say South in Irish

Learn How to Say South in Irish

South in Irish is ‘deisceart’ (direction), noun. Watch the video to learn how to pronounce the Irish word deisceart.

The STAR Team