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An Irish Language Journey

Introduction Episode

Announcing the Language Question Podcast. A series of conversations about the Irish language and its history for anyone curious about their relationship with it and its role in our identity.

Podcast Notes

What’s it all about?

Through this podcast I want to share my personal journey with the Irish language. Following a tragic loss, I realized the importance of learning the language and started taking evening classes, online courses, and eventually went back to university to study it. I also started a writing project around the language and have created this podcast to engage with others and explore it further.

The podcast is in English because my spoken Irish is not yet strong enough. I hope to provide a way into the language for others who may have had similar struggles. My goal is to bring awareness to conversations about the language and Irish culture that are not being heard in English language media.

More About the Host

I am Flor McCarthy, or Finghin MácCarthaigh in Irish. I am a solicitor, entrepreneur, published author, Irish student and now a podcast host!

As someone who grew up resenting the forced teaching of the Irish language and avoided learning it at all costs, I have now embarked on a journey to discover its history and significance. This newfound passion was sparked by the loss of a dear friend, who was a native Irish speaker, and made me realize the importance of not putting off things that matter to me. You can read more about that here.

The podcast aims to provide a way into the language for others who, like me, are interested but may not have the language skills to fully comprehend it. I also hope to add different perspectives and voices to the conversations about the language and culture.

Although I still have a long way to go on my own journey, both linguistically and technically, I am excited to share what I have learned so far and to have these important conversations with my guests. Join me as we explore the Irish language and culture together!

Outside of work I am married to Mags and have five fantastic children. I love gardening, growing nice things to eat, cooking them well and eating them in good company with plenty of wine. The rest of the time you’ll usually find him either reading or staring vacantly into space.

Free Irish Learning Resources Guide

Whether you are just starting out or have already begun your language learning journey, I have compiled a collection of resources that should help you along the way.