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Harry Potter in Irish! 

Read along with your native language version and use the Focloir Poca or Focloir Scoile dictionary to help with the big words.

Collins Gem Irish Dictionary 

This is a very nice, pocket sized dictionary. A good way to start learning basic Irish.

An Raicin Alainn
by Lasairfhiona Ni Chonaola

Traditional music with a more modern flair from the Aran Islands. This is an excellent CD and doesn't hurt your Irish learning either!


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These are recommended reference and learning books for your studies in the Irish Gaelic Language. Focloir Scoile (medium sized version) is my preferred English-Irish dictionary. It has a wide range of definitions and clear pronunciations. It is only available from Amazon in the large and small (Poca) version. See below for Poca link, the large is to expensive.

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Irish Grammar
Pretty comprehensive Irish grammar book. Essential reference material for the serious student of the Irish language.

Learning Irish
Very comprehensive guide to learning Irish. Most versions come with a tape set which is very helpful for pronunciation. Make sure the edition is fairly current, as there have been errors and revisions.

Teach Yourself Irish
An easy to use program for learning on your own, or can be used as supplemental material for your classes. Revised and updated to include the engaging dialogues and helpful exercises.



Tain Bo Cuailnge
The Tain

Ireland's great, epic poem. Excellent translation, very readable!


Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
 
Now available in Irish Gaelic. Buy the English version to help translation.
Focloir Scoile is my prefered English-Irish dictionary.


Lazy Way To Irish

Learn Irish with pictures and cartoons. A good way to pick up some quick visual relationships to Irish words.

Focloir Poca
Very good, small dictionary. Pretty much the same as Focloir Scoile in the medium size, but smaller print and size. 

Focloir Scoile
Very good, medium dictionary. Very readable and in a nice usable size.

Focloir Gaeilge-Bearla
Very large dictionary. Comprehensive but expensive. This is a good desk reference.

The Pocket Oxford Irish Dictionary



Progress in Irish
Excellent compact study guide. Highly recommended for all levels of study.


Buntus Cainte 1
Excellent beginners study guide to Irish. Has illustrations and conversation. Highly recommended.
There are two additional books in the set, and tapes are available as well.

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Singing in Irish Gaelic

Irish On Your Own

Collins Gem Irish Dictionary


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Fisherman's Blues
by The Waterboys

You can't get much more Irish than this. Recorded in the Gaeltacht in Spiddal, Co. Galway. This is the highlight of Mike Scott's work. If you like it, try other Waterboys' CDs, especially the followup to Fishermans' Blues, "Room to Roam". This was also primarily recorded in Spiddal.

An Raicin Alainn
by
Lasairfhiona Ni Chonaola
Traditional music with a more modern flair from the Aran Islands. This is a very good CD and doesn't hurt your Irish learning either!
The Aran Islands are a must visit on any trip to Ireland. Rent bikes if you can handle the bouncy roads and steep hills! Stay overnight if possible. One day is not enough to explore any of the islands well. 

 

Sean-Nos Nua
by Sinead O'Conner

I'm not a big Sinead fan, but this is very nice work. Great musicians on here as well including Steve Wickham of The Waterboys. Check out his new album, "Geronimo", if you like some great Irish fiddle. He's one of the best!
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Alan Lomax: World Library Of Folk & Primitive Music, Volume 2, Ireland

This is one of my favorites of traditional Irish music. There is a good range from fiddle to Nos Nua. Made in recording sessions by Alan Lomaz and Seamus Ennis in 1951, this was one of the first comprehensive surveys of the folk music of Ireland. Lomax and Ennis went from village to town in western Ireland, recording professional and amateur singers and musicians in their homes and community places.
Don't look for a Volume 1, this is part of a series and Volume 1 is not Irish. However the other volumes in the series are good as well.

Black 47
Carrying on the Pogues' tradition in the USA. Good, rowdy, music with a message.

The Pogues
Who needs teeth and good looks when you can turn out music like this. Loud and rowdy Irish music at it's best. This is who all the others want to be!

The Tossers
Carrying on the Pogues' tradition in the USA. Good, rowdy, music with a message.


One of the best Capercaillie CDs. Traditional and modern music from Scotland.


Capercaillie live DVD
Traditional and modern music from Scotland.


Excellent Capercaillie CD.
Traditional and modern music from Scotland.

 

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