One of the most common things I'm asked is "Can you say something in Irish for me?" This sounds like a simple question, but it's not. What I'm being asked to do is to speak the native language of Ireland, also known as Gaelic, Gaeilge, Gaeilig or Gaelainn.
When I was growing up, Gaeilge was spoken in my home, but rarely outside of it. The language was often associated with being "thick", rural and poor and was not used for everyday life. In more recent years there has been a return of pride and a return to the use of the native language. I'm being careful with my phrasing here because I could easily piss off one of my kinsman by using Gaeilge instead of Gaeilg or Gaelainn. So, if one of you turns up at my page and wants to set me alight, don't. It'll just piss me off. I speak Gaeilge the way I heard it used around me. I do not write nor read my own language. It wasn't taught and I've been busy and I'll get around to it one day, so feck off.
For those of you who would ask me to "Speak Irish for me," here's a little of the native tongue of Ireland.
This was not how my mother spoke it and not like I speak it, but there's subtitles and that's why I chose it.