An Ghaeilge, our national tongue. Both a beautiful, alluring, intricate language and a handy scape-goat to bitch about everyone and everything around when on holidays.
Here are 10 places in Dublin’s fair city you can get your cúpla focal out, without side-eyes from jealous onlookers.
Let’s start with an obvious one. The hub of all things Gaeilge, right in the heart of Dublin city centre. The Conradh offers classes from novice level to advanced all year round, taught by a competent and really lovely bunch.
It also boasts a trendy nightclub, Club Chonradh. If you want a genuinely brilliant craic night out, and also the chance to flirt as Gaeilge, there is no better spot.
One of the best pubs in Dublin, with ample parking and a great bunch of staff who make a serious effort to use their cúpla focal.
As well as doling out some of the best ice-cream in Dublin, Murphy’s also boasts some wild Gaeilgeoirí in their midst.
Uachtar reoite and Gaeilge. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Trinity has one of the largest and most impressive Cumann Gaelach’s in the country, as well as many courses taught through Irish. With this, it’s often you’d hear An Ghaeilge being spoken in the vicinity of the college, and on streets around it.
There’s also a section of The Buttery totally reserved for Irish speakers.
Turn left on entering the Conradh, and you’ll be welcomed with a ‘cén chaoi ina bhfuil tú?’ into An Siopa Leabhair.
From stickers to Irish board-games, this is THE one-stop shop for all your Gaeilge paraphernalia needs – and a lovely place to come for a chat.
6. Temple Bar
Although some would disagree, Temple Bar is widely accepted as the cultural and creative capital of the city. And amongst its €7 pints, are a shit load of Americans who are just dying to hear a bitta ‘Gaelic’.
A whole-food and vegetarian restaurant where you can get a serious lunch which won’t hurt your wallet nor your waistline.
The staff have a few Irish speakers who will gladly take your order as Gaeilge, as well as serve you your greens.
Green by name, green by nature. The Green Rooster Barber in Temple Bar has a sign on its window letting scruffy passers-by know that all they need to do is just stroll in there for an Irish hair cutting and styling experience.
About 20 quid for a chop, and totally worth it.