Ireland holds a special place in everyone's heart especially those of us with Irish heritage.
- With allegedly only 70,000 native speakers remaining and only half of Ireland's population considered fluent in Irish as a second language, this beautiful language that captures the magic of Ireland in every word is certainly in danger.
- There are three main dialects of Irish: Munster (An Mhumhain), Connacht (Connachta) and Ulster (Ulaidh) and we look to this deck to marry them as best as possible.
This is the exact reason why The Lost Languages playing card series is proud to announce Irish Gaelic playing cards as the next language deck joining the roster! Set to deliver just in time for the holidays!
Play your favorite card games while receiving a mini language lesson with this unique set of 54 playing cards, each with their own Irish word or phrase, pronunciation, definition, and original illustration.
After playing with our deck you might find yourself saying Slainte to your Cara while drinking Uisce Beatha at a teach tábhairne in Baile Atha Cliath. Not too much though or you will be saying Pog ma thoin to the Garda which will certainly make him buille!
Irish Gaelic is our second deck of playing cards in the series also being funded here on Kickstarter. Our first release was Yiddish Playing Cards which was funded, successfully fulfilled, and now being offered as a reward tier in a combo set here with the Irish Gaelic cards. This will serve as the perfect set for bridge and poker players looking for paired decks. The added entertainment of the built in language lesson and engaging artwork make this a fun for the whole family product.
List of some of the words for the deck:
- Mother, Father, Son, Daughter, Dog, Cat, Fish
- Lake, Mountain, Castle, Hill
- Please, Thank you, Men's Room, Ladies Room, Happy, Mad
- Tea, Hat, Green, Good Night, Good Bye, Dance
Irish Gaelic pronunciation legend:
We learned from our first project from a creative and financial perspective. We have received some fantastic feedback from playing card collectors and for the Irish Gaelic deck we will be putting the indices and suits closer to the edge for a better squeeze factor. To ensure continuity for everything else between the deck series we are looking to use the United States Playing Cards to produce this series as well.
A personal note from Mike O. (Project Leader):
The first time I was in Ireland was Christmas 2001. I was studying abroad in Germany, but could not afford to fly home to the States for the Winter Holiday. Along with two other American exchange students, I was invited to spend the holiday in Ireland traveling from house to house of all the Irish friends we had met at our university in Germany. I have never felt so welcomed as I did when being invited into the homes of people I had known for only a few months.
I swam in the Irish Sea, helped deliver a calf on Christmas Eve on a farm outside of Cavan, was served the most delicious "fry up" at 3 am after a long drive to a home near Ballinasloe, kissed a lass in Galway, hung with some knackers in the Knocknaheeny section of Cork, and "rode" English saddle in Wicklow.
We were invited in by friends, the family of friends, the neighbors of friends, and total strangers, but the hospitality was topped by the magic of the land itself! Winding country roads walled with hedgerows, mystical castles, the rolling Wicklow mountains, deeps green hollows, and roadside taverns are etched into my memory.
Another anecdote from Ireland abroad:
Mike’s cousin, Andreas, recently married a beautiful Irish lass named Claire. They moved to Ireland and are expecting a son in the near future. This means the first member of the next generation of his family will be a long way from us here in the States and that his second cousin will be learning the magical language of Irish Gaelic in school as he grows up.
- This mini language lesson is way for families and friends alike to connect and learn with our far flung relatives.
Risks and challenges
It took some effort to find Gaelic speakers to edit and ensure the accuracy of our vocabulary, but we have secured two capable and eager fluent folks in Ireland to assist us.
We successfully completed our first Lost Language playing card Kickstarter campaign and we learned a lot. We confidently anticipate another seamless fulfillment. We do, however, realize that there are always things that are simply out our control.
-If there are production or shipping delays then delivery would be affected.
-We feel confident we will deliver this project to the same standards as our last.
We have just completed another project titled The Bacon Jams on September 21st, here on Kickstarter and will be well through fulfillment of that project before the end of this one. We commit that there will be no issue getting these cards from our artist, to the printer for manufacturing and then shipped to us and out to all of you! We followed this approach with the first Lost Language Playing Card decks and it worked out comfortably.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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