To learn about the Irish language, visit Daltai na Gaeilge. Daltai na Gaeilge (translated: students of Irish; pronounced: daltee na gwayl-gya), is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching the Irish language and culture. They have daily and weekly immersion programs in locations across the United States, where people take classes in Irish, music, literature and other aspects of Irish culture, and have a good time to boot. Irish is called 'Irish' now, because there are other Gaelic languages, such as Scots Gaelic, Manx, Welsh, Cornish and Breton.
The Irish phrase for hello is: Dia dhuit. (Pronounced: jee-ah ghwich. Literally, it means: God be with you.)
The response to dia dhuit is: Dia is Muire dhuit. (Pronounced: jee-ah iss mwir-ah ghwich. The 's' in 'is' is soft. Literally, it means: God and Mary be with you.)
The Jeanie Johnston
During the years 1845-1851, the Irish famine caused many people to emigrate to other countries, either because of hunger or eviction from their tenant homes. Many of those people came across the Atlantic Ocean in old, unseaworthy or disease-infested sailing ships, the worst of which were known as coffin ships. Untold numbers of the poorest of the poor died on the way to North America, from contagious disease and other illnesses. Most ships had no doctor on board, and many had insufficient food for the passengers. The record of these ships was a tragic one.
The Jeanie Johnston, however, which sailed across the Atlantic many times carrying Irish emigrants to Canada and America, lost not a single person on her voyages. There was a doctor on board, and conditions were much better than on most other ships.
Her proud legacy has been celebrated by the building of her replica in Tralee, Ireland, which was paid for with contributions of many people and organizations on both sides of the Atlantic. She set sail on her voyage across the ocean, arriving in West Palm Beach, Florida on April 15, 2003. In the next few months, she sailed along the east coast of North America, stopping at 20 ports in the U.S. and Canada. Visitors were able to tour the ship. This was a celebration of the lighted candle in the darkness.
Conas ta tu? means How are you? (Pronounced kun-us taw too).
Ta me go maith means I am well. (Pronounced taw may guh mah).
To say your name, you say, Is mise (________) (Pronounced iss mee-shuh _____) (Fill your own name here.)
To ask another person's name, you say, Cad is ainm duit? (Pronounced kod iss an-im ditch)
Go raibh maith agat (Pronounced guh rah mah-agit) means thank you.
Ta failte romhat (Pronounced taw fawl-cheh row-at) means you are welcome.
Le do thoil (Pronounced leh duh hull) means please.
This digital image of the Jeanie Johnston was made with photographic images, artwork, and computer effects, and represents Jeanie as she appeared on her commemorative voyage in the spring of 2003. Her specially made figurehead appears in this image. A two-page written history is included.
8-1/2" x 11" inkjet copy, $25.00 (includes shipping and handling). To order, please click on the Add to Cart and View Shopping Cart buttons below. (Buyers outside the United States, please see International Order Information.)
Buyers living outside of the United States can order a Jeanie Johnston print by sending an American Express gift or travelers check for $25.00, made out to Nancy Doyle. Please also include your name and shipping address, and specify that you would like to buy a color Jeanie Johnston print. Please send the check to Nancy Doyle, 5 Ruth Rd., Apt. G-5, Wilmington, DE 19805, USA. As soon as I receive your check, I will ship your print to you.
For updates, see www.focuskerry.com/jeanie/. Tom Kindre, the 80-year-old American on the voyage, expressed his hope that in the future Jeanie will be used as a 'ship of peace.' Her crew on this voyage included young crewmembers from the north and south of Ireland; it would be great if she could continue this tradition, involving culturally diverse crews from other war-torn areas of the world.
Above and right: Some Irish dancers perform at the Scottish and Irish Music Festival and Fair in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania in February 2004. This festival is put on by East of the Hebrides (Bill and Karen Reid) twice yearly, in February and July. The dancers' costumes are made by hand, and cost over $1,000 apiece.