What's happened to the rest of the language?
Despite 14 mandatory years of study in school, less than 150,000 of the 7M Irish inhabitants (North and the Republic) speak fluent Irish today. Even Alan, a substitute Irish teacher during the pandemic, claims he's not fluent. While the focus remains on writing and poetry, Alan agrees it's important to immerse yourself in the culture and speak it to have the best experience.
He tells me it's difficult even for him to practice when he heads to the West. "They hear my accent, know I'm from Dublin and answer me in English," he says.
Would you say, "yes," "no," "thank you," or "bless you"?
The direct translation is: "Hello everybody and welcome to Dublin. Alan is my name and a hundred thousand welcomes to Ireland."
Because one is never enough.
When in Dublin, do your best to catch Alan's tour. This discussion was the tiniest of sections, held on the balcony over Dubh Linn Garden and is a snatch of what you'll learn as an "oh, by the way" from these extremely well-trained guides.