The 360 stones which show off the earliest writing in Ireland

Ireland is well known for its rich literary tradition stretching back to the early medieval period. Dating from roughly the seventh century (although mainly surviving in later manuscript copies), our earliest texts contain diverse material in both Latin and Irish. However, there was writing in Ireland in the centuries prior to this. This was not [...]

By |2020-09-07T22:56:29+00:00September 7th, 2020|Ireland, Irish language, Ogham|0 Comments

Census shows we must rethink our approach to Irish and the Gaeltacht

The 2016 Census returns, published this week, contain bad news for the Irish language, with a decline across all significant categories: daily speakers of Irish outside the education system and knowledge of and use of Irish in the Gaeltacht. The fall in the Gaeltacht is particularly dramatic – an 11 per cent drop in daily [...]

By |2018-02-22T00:22:09+00:00April 11th, 2017|Europe, Ireland, Irish language, Language|0 Comments

Preserving Ireland’s Ancient, Mysterious Tree-Based Alphabet

As an archaeological linguist working in Dublin, Nora White has spent her fair share of time digging through archives and poring over manuscripts. But when she wants a real taste of Irish history, she skips the library altogether. She heads to a hilltop or a secluded field, and she looks for a weathered old rock [...]

By |2018-02-22T00:22:40+00:00May 22nd, 2016|Celtic Tree Alphabet, Ireland, Ogham|0 Comments