The Irish tag features posts related to the Irish language, history, the Irish people and Irish translation news and services. Irish is spoken by approximately 140,000 native speakers (2012).


Cá bhfuil an obair? Jobs in Irish

Damian Scattergood being interviewed by Irish students, jobs in Irish

Damian being interviewed by students / STAR Translation Imaging

Cá Bhfuil an Obair? WDAR Radio 96FM, launches a new radio series highlighting job opportunities in Irish and interviewed STAR Translation.

On Tuesday the 29th of May 2012: ‘Cá Bhfuil an Obair?, a four-part bilingual radio series exploring career possibilities available through the Irish language.

Irish in the Working Environment

Produced and presented by 4th and 5th year students from the gaelscoil Coláiste Chilliain, Clondalkin and Saint Dominic’s Girls’ Secondary School in Ballyfermot, each half hour programme will focus on a different area of work where the ability to use the Irish language is a major advantage.

The areas covered are translation; education; communications and media; and to also promote the Irish language. The series is aimed at students of Junior and Leaving Certificate level and is produced in association with West Dublin Access Radio.

‘Cá Bhfuil an Obair?’ will be broadcast each morning at 10:30 from Tuesday the 29th of May to Friday the 1st of June.

Programme 1: Translation, 10:30 on Tuesday 29th May
Our reporters visited our offices in Dublin to find out about life as a translator, interviewing Damian Scattergood, the company’s managing director and language staff.
Program 2: Education, 10:30 on Wednesday 30th May
Teachers from the reporters’ schools talk about teaching in both English and Irish speaking schools.
Program 3: Communications and Media, 10:30 on Thursday 30th May
A visit to Stillwater Communications in Dublin, provided our reporters with an insight into how the Irish language thrives in the world of media.
Program 4: Promoting the Irish Language, 10:30 on Friday 1st June
The ‘Cá Bhfuil an Obair?’ team find out about the type of work opportunities available in promoting the Irish language, as well as potential careers in other areas using Irish.

“We are delighted to work with WDAR on this community project. Irish is still a thriving language and this series shows how the language is used in everyday life.” “Irish is actually our 3rd most popular language into which we translate.” — Damian Scattergood

Share this article with your friends to aid in their Irish language skills. We hope to have a lot of listeners on Tuesday to give us as much feedback as possible.

We are always looking to improve our content. Leave a comment with your opinion about the interview or drop a suggestion regarding translation or languages.

The STAR Team

Seanfhocail: Wise Old Irish Sayings

The Irish Harp, wise old irish sayings

Irish Harp / STAR Translation Imaging

Wise, Old Irish Sayings

We’ve compiled a list of popular old Irish sayings to help you learn more Irish.

Má tú ag lorg cara gan locht, béidh tú gan cara go deo.
If you are looking for a friend without a fault you will be without a friend forever.

Is minic cuma aingeal ar an Diabhal féin.
There is often the look of an angel on the Devil himself.

Dá fhada an lá tagann an tráthnóna.
However long the day, the evening will come.

Is minic a bhíonn ciúin ciontach.
The quiet one is often guilty.

Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin.
There’s no hearth like your own hearth.

Know any more old Irish sayings? Let us know in the comments below.

We provide translation services for over 40 languages, including Irish. If you need any document, website or manual translated, contact us and we will be pleased to help your business grow.

The STAR Team

STAR Interview with WDAR Radio

STAR Translation and WDAR radio and students

Damian being interviewed by Irish students at 96FM WDAR

WDAR Radio Interview, Irish Language

On Friday 30th of March, Damian Scattergood and Phil Guthrie from STAR Translation were interviewed by students with WDAR 96FM Radio.

They talked about Irish, translation and jobs in translation for the show Cá Bhfuil an Obair?. Lauren and Amy asked a number of interesting questions about working in the translation industry such as…

  • what jobs are available in translation?
  • what skills do translators need to have?
  • to what extent is Irish important to your business?
  • how do I learn about Irish for translators?
  • how do I get a job in a translation company like STAR?

We were very impressed by their confidence and the quality of the interview. Then we did our best to answer all of their questions both in Irish and English.

The radio program will be broadcast in the coming weeks as part of the programme, Cá Bhfuil an Obair?. We will let you know when it will be on air so you can listen to it.

Thanks to them for coming to STAR and we look forward to hearing the final version of the interview. Good Luck to Amy and Lauren!

The STAR Team

How to Say Can I have a pint of beer please, in Irish?

Irish Word of the Day Series, Can I have a pint of beer please, in Irish?

Irish Language Series / STAR Translation Imaging

Learn to Say Can I have a pint of beer please, in Irish

It’s Irish Week (Seachtain na Gaeilge). Learn how to say ‘can I have a pint of beer please’, in Irish.

Saint Patrick’s Day is also coming soon, so this question may be useful to some of you.

In this series, we will teach you common Irish words and phrases. Each day, spread your love of the language: learn and use a few irish words. It’s always nice to hear, even if you can only say ‘hello’ or ‘goodbye’.

Have a look at our other Irish Word of the Day videos on YouTube.

The STAR Team

How to Learn Irish

How to learn Irish (and other languages)

How to Learn Irish / Abair Leat website

How to Learn Irish (and other languages)

As part of Seachtain na Gaeilge, you might want to revise your Irish. Here are a few good tips to learn Irish and any other language.

  1. Become Familiar with the language and its pronunciation
    • The best way is to listen to the radio and watch TV. You will find good TV channels to support you when learning. Watching the news or series and listening to radio shows while you are doing your daily work is also a time saving way to practice if you don’t have much time. We recommend:
      • Bernard Dunne’s Bród Club on RTE 1, Monday at 19:00 *This programme is no longer available
      • Radio Rí Rá is an online radio Station for young people that uses Irish. It’s also available as a free app on your smartphone
      • Radio WDAR 96FM with Cá bhfuil an obair? radio program *This programme is no longer available
  2. Learn the vocabulary
    • The average number of necessary words we speak in everyday life is about 400 to 1,000. You will have to take a while to learn them so that you will be able to use them to talk with anyone. When you become fluent you should be able to use the idioms of a language. To make it easier, use mnemonics to link words.
    • Use your imagination; when you learn a new word the best way to memorize it is to have visualized it or even to create a short story with it
    • The word serendipity, which can’t really be translated into French is heureux hasard. This word can be related to Newton discovering the law of gravity. This example of discovery is, in fact, serendipitous
  3. Practice the language
    • Join or create a conversation group to talk with on a regular basis. Learning a language is easier when using it every day. You will be surprised to see how fast you learn without even noticing the effort
    • As suggested by Eoin, it is also a good idea to search YouTube for Irish language covers of pop songs. Try to find the Irish versions of your favourite songs
  4. Using the Internet
    • The Internet is a wonderful source of content to find tools that can help when learning a language. So here is a useful list of indispensable websites that can help you to practice and improve your Irish
      • The website is in Irish and you can learn and chat in Irish with the other website users. Good way to practice and to find support
      • Easy Irish on RTE: learn by listening to MP3 audio file and studying conversations
      • BBC’s Irish language courses: this website is in Irish and provides various content to help you improve your level of Irish, no matter what that may be
      • Learn Irish with Liam O Maonlai on the Irish Independent website: learn Irish with Liam O Maonlai thanks to its MP3 file and written content
      • Bitesize Irish Gaelic: this website offers content to learn and improve your irish
      • You can also listen to our Irish Word of the day videos on YouTube

Share this article if you know someone interested in learning Irish or any other language.

The STAR Team

How to say, in Irish: You Are Welcome

Irish Word of the Day Series, How to say, in Irish: You are welcome

Irish Word of the Day Series

Irish Word of the Day series for Irish Language Week; learn how to say ‘you are welcome’ in Irish for Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Spread your love of Irish this week by using a few words every day. We translate both from and into Irish.

The STAR Team

What is the Irish Word for Computer?

Computer Doctor, formerly Marx Computers, Irish word for computer

Irish Word for Computer

An bhfuil Gaeilge agat? Do you speak Irish?

It is amazing how many people have answered with yes or cúpla focail for Seachtain na Gaeilge this year.

One of the yes answers came from Rosemary, the managing director of Computer Doctor, formerly Marx Computers in Crescent Place, Dublin.

Rosemary is a fluent Irish speaker and helps spread the word as Gaeilge in the I.T. world.

In answer to our question, what’s the Irish word for computer? It’s ríomhaire.

Other I.T. Words in Irish

  • The Internet: An tIdirlíon
  • Facebook application: Feidhmchlár Facebook
Computer Doctor, formerly Marx Computers, Irish word for computer

Rosemary, Ryan and Stephen from Marx Computers, sharing a cúpla focail with us

Next time you need a new computer, visit Rosemary and her team and say Dia dhuit from STAR!

Find Computer Doctor for services and repair or call them on (01) 853 1111

Más rud é go bhfuil riomhaire nua a lorg, cur glaoch ar Rosemary ó Computer Doctor ar (01) 853 1111

Ta cupla focal agam

The STAR Team

How to say Thank You in Irish?

Irish Word of the Day Series, how to say thank you in Irish

How to Say Thank You in Irish

As part of our Irish Word of the Day Series, learn how to say thank you in Irish for Irish Language Week (Seachtain na Gaeilge).

Share our videos to help spread the Irish language.

The STAR Team

Top 10 Languages, How Popular is Irish?

Top 10 Languages of 2011, how popular is Irish?

Top 10 Languages of 2011, how popular is Irish?

How Popular is Irish?

As we are midway through Seachtain Na Gaeilge we thought we’d ask, how popular is Irish?

As a translation company, we provide translation into over 45 languages including Irish, from our offices in Dublin 3.

We did an analysis of all our translations for 2011 and we are happy to publish the results for our Irish readers.

You might imagine that our closest international neighbours are at the top with German and French being the most popular languages we translated into last year.

Irish follows closely at number three. English translation is number four [from various other languages.]

Our Japanese teams were kept very busy at number five. Japanese is specialised and the demand in quality for the market is exceptionally high.

An interesting one in the mix is Swedish, which comes in at number eight in the list. Maybe this is the IKEA influence in Ireland!

The STAR Team

How to Say Please in Irish?

Irish Word of the Day Series, how to say please in Irish

How to Say Please in Irish

As part of our Irish Word of the Day series for Irish Language Week (Seachtain Na Gaeilge), learn how to say please in Irish.

Spread your love of the language for Irish Week by using a few words every day.

The STAR Team