Wed 10 Mar 2010 - Wed 10 Mar 2010
Tonight we had the best class of my college career. It was the first of our Irish culture seminars, and we went to visit the nearest gaeltacht to Dungarvan. A gaeltacht is an area in Ireland where the Irish Gaelic language is the primary language. We had a bus tour of the town, and then went to an Irish language television and movie studio where we had a wine reception and watched a screening of the documentary Kennedy's Cadets. the movie was about the Irish cadets that were the honor guard at JFK's funeral. Then we went to a pub nearby where there was live Irish music and we were able to mingle with some of the locals
We leaned our first bit of the Irish language today as well. We were told that the most important word to know is "sláinte." It's a drinking toast that basically means "good health."