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Craic and Shenanigans in search of English words borrowed from Irish

7:00pm-7:30pm on Thursday 1 April

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A handful of English words are commonly thought of as borrowings from Irish, ‘craic’, ‘shenanigans’, ‘smithereens’, ‘bog’ and ‘whiskey’ being some of the best-known terms to fall into this category. In truth, while a few of these words are derived from Irish, others are not, and some suggest a more complicated relationship between the two languages.  

In a series of short videos and a live, online event, we’ll be exploring the origins of a selection of English words often deemed to be loans from Irish. In the process, we hope to clear up some misconceptions, provide insights into the workings of etymology, and encourage a new appreciation of the range of interactions which have occurred between English and Irish over the centuries. At the event itself, you’ll be invited to chat, ask questions and initiate discussion of words which may not have been covered in the video series. And, of course, craic and shenanigans will be in plentiful supply at every stage!

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Booking/Registration is: REQUIRED

Videos will be uploaded to our YouTube channel, 'Spreading the Words', in advance of the live event:

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Additional Information

Age: Adults, Young Adults 12 – 18
Timing: Live Stream, Available on Demand
Theme: Society, Explore
Image copyright: Ula Kapala

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