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The Irish For: Teaching toddlers Gaeilge through the art of storytelling

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This is the latest dispatch from our columnist Darach Ó Séaghdha, author of the award-winning and bestselling Motherfoclóir. Every Sunday morning, Darach will be regaling (re-Gaeling?) us with insights on what the Irish language says about Ireland, our society, our past and our present. Enjoy.

IT OPENS WITH a bluntly-pixelated Atari version of baseball, complete with a robotic rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”.

A sick child mashes a joystick absent-mindedly as his grandfather arrives with a book. When I was your age, TV was called books, he declares as the grandson reluctantly agrees to humour him by hearing a few pages. Before long, he – and we – are hooked on a tale of true love, revenge, iocaine powder and rodents of unusual size.

The Princess Bride – partly filmed at the Cliffs of Moher – would still be a great rainy-day movie even if it only told us the story of Westley and Buttercup, but the framing device of future It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia director Fred Savage trading wisecracks with Columbo really........

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