Showing posts from September, 2021

Celtic Students Podcast, season 2, ep 7: Béaloideas na hÉireann (Irish Folklore)

[Gaeilge] San eipeasód seo, labhraíonn Stiofán Ó Briain le hAilbe van der Heide, scoláire béaloidis atá ag obair i gCnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann, faoin mbéaloideas agus faoi bhéaloideas na hÉireann. Pléann siad a bhfuil i gceist leis an mbéaloideas, stair an Chnuasaigh, traidisiún an luchta sí, leigheasanna dúchais in Éirinn, béaloideas na rónta agus úsáid an ábhair bhéil mar ionsparáid chruthaitheach.  [English] In this episode, Stiofán Ó Briain talks to Ailbe van der Heide, a folklore scholar who also works in the National Folklore Collection, about folklore and Irish folklore. They discuss what folklore means, the history of the Collection, Irish fairy-lore, traditional cures in Ireland, seal-lore and the use of folklore as a creative inspiration.  Féach ar na háiseanna agus na saothair thíos le tuilleadh a fhoghlaim faoi bhéaloideas na hÉireann | Take a look at the resources and works below to learn more about Irish folklore:  Máistreacht i mBéaloideas agus Eitneolaíocht UCD | Mast

Learning Cornish

Monument to Dolly Pentreath Copyright Pauline E and reused under CC BY-SA 2.0 Cornish is most closely related to Breton and Welsh, and as such makes an interesting language for those with a knowledge of Celtic languages to learn.  The modern revival dates from the publication of Henry Jenner’s ‘Handbook of the Cornish Language’ in 1904 and currently figures for the number of speakers vary between 300 fluent speakers to several thousand with a reasonable knowledge of the language.  We await the analysis of the 2021 census in which people were encouraged to write Cornish as one of the languages they speak and use with interest! Since the Covid pandemic began we have seen a huge uptake in the numbers of people learning Cornish thanks to the provision of online, rather than face-to-face, classes.  It has been possible for people both further afield in the British Isles, as well as others from Europe, the United States and Australia to join in classes and recently when planning the Adult