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As Gaelige, Songs for the Learning | KFP Articles
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Wednesday, 21 August 2013 21:18

I've very much enjoyed the You Tube videos of songs in the Irish language.  Mícheál Ó Foighil is the man behind the effort to use music to educate folks on the Irish language.  This is not a new concept, many folks have used folk music to teach language.  As Mícheál himself put it ‘If language learning can be associated with something enjoyable, it makes the learning experience much deeper’.  Mícheál has taken it to a new level with some very creative you tube music videos.  Here's the first of two that I'll Share with you, its an irish version of the cup song When I'm Gone:


I love the vocals on this song.  A beautiful display of the Irish language, makes you want to learn the language.   More on the projects from the Irish Times:

Here, at the back of Coláiste Lurgan, an Irish-language summer college in Indreabhán in the heart of the Connemara Gaeltacht, students and staff performed their take on Avicii’s hit Wake Me Up in July. The video has now garnered more than a million views on YouTube.

“It’s the biggest number of hits ever for an Irish-language song on YouTube”, says Ó Foighil proudly. “We knew when we were filming that we were doing something different, something special. We started at 7.30am and we didn’t finish until 3am, but it was eight hours of pure joy. The energy, the buzz was electric....

The enterprise dates back to a very rainy summer in 2009, when creativity was called upon to relieve cabin fever. Many videos later, they have a YouTube channel, TG Lurgan, and a recording studio.

“It started off as a bit of fun, and it’s still a bit of fun,” says Ó Foighil. “Our job here is to influence our students, to give them an opportunity that makes them feel they are producing something that’s relevant. We are helping them make the transition from learning the language to using the language. And in this way we are normalising the language.”

The big hit was a their video of Avicii's hit Wake Me Up

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