In the Name of the Fada

Des Bishop is a stand up comedian from New York.He’s spending a year learning Irish in one of the most vibrant parts of the Connamara Gaeltacht. It’s compelling viewing, whether you are a fan of the language or not. Just don’t look if you are easily offended. There’s great riff on the ‘an modh coinníollach’ (the present conditional) in the second episode. His ultimate aim is to do as whole set as Gaeilge by the end of the year. As each programme progresses he uses more and more of the language, and less and less English. Inordinately good television, whatever your chosen mode of language. H/T Aaron!

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty