Friday, August 29, 2014

The Signs of Ireland

Although Ireland is an English-speaking country, the evidence of their tie to the original language of the country, Irish-Gaelic, is still very evident. With over 40% of the entire population able to speak Gaelic, it's not unusual to hear it spoken in a few parts of the country, mainly in the country in the north and west. 

There is an effort to revive this beautiful language throughout the country however, and so children are taught the language in primary (elementary) and secondary(middle) schools. There is also evidence in all of the signage around Ireland, as most signs post in English and Gaelic. 

I thought it might be fun to take you to Ireland through the signs that are posted - most of these will be as foreign to you as they were to me. I had to ask for translation for some, and some were obvious but unique. Some were just plain quirky and funny, and open to hilarious translation. 

Regardless, I hope you find the signs of Ireland as fascinating as I did. Slainte!
Looks cheap, right? Wrong. This cost is PER LITER, and it takes four liters to make a gallon. Do the math

This is in northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, so these prices are in British Pounds.

I thought this was very strange...it was explained to me they warn you there are traffic cameras ahead. And the speed limit is 30K per hour.  This is northern Ireland.







Their way of saying, "Yield"

Hilarious! Although I think it's very thoughtful,  this sign is not politically correct enough for the United States. 

Absolutely no idea. 





A "Q" is a line. So in other words, start the line here. 


My interpretation: This way to stand in a glass of Guinness. 

This was in a bus in the Republic of Ireland (note this is in Euro's, not pounds). No idea what it means.
Their roads here are mainly numbers, this is giving directions to get to the A2. This rought, by the way, the Causeway coastal route, took us to the Giant's Causeway and the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge. It was a stunning drive. 



20 Meters until an exit off the highway