An alphabet of calligraphies, called the Irish Calligraphy Glossary, is published by the Irish language school, Paddy O’Donovan, and is intended for beginners to help them pick out letters and words.
They can download the glossary from the Irish Language School website.
It was created by the school in the 1920s.
The glossary contains words like héraille, carraige, and arfhaill which are pronounced as “ha-rah-eel”.
“These words are not the only words in the language but they are among the few which we can use to pick up a piece of Irish calligraphing,” says Mrs O’Donnell.
“If we were to ask someone how many words there are in Irish calligrapher’s lingo we could expect to find an average of three or four.
It is probably a bit less for the English and a bit more for the Irish.
It’s like asking how many of your friends speak a foreign language.”
The Glossary has been around since 1923.
It has been updated several times but the latest version was published in 2015.
Mrs O’donovan says the glossaries help people learn the letters and vowels but also help them get to grips with the language as it is written.
“It is the language of Ireland.
It doesn’t sound like English to many people but to us it is our language.
It speaks to us.”
It is not for everyone but it is a wonderful way of helping someone understand the language.
People of Irish ancestry can relate to the importance of the alphabet because it is so important to us,” she says.
The Glossarist’s website has a collection of calligraphic examples from Irish sources and they include illustrations and other texts.
Mrs Paddy has also compiled a calligraph book, Calligraphical Ireland, for those who want to study Irish call-igraphy.
It includes letters from different languages such as the Old Irish, Gaelic, and English, as well as those from Irish history and culture.
I am always learning so if you have any questions or suggestions I will be glad to answer them,” she said. “
I have also made some notes in the book to make sure I remember what I read in the dictionary.
I am always learning so if you have any questions or suggestions I will be glad to answer them,” she said.
For more information visit calligraphics.ie