What better way to enjoy the start of the weekend than with the Irish language students from Coláiste Lurgan, in Galway, and their cover version of Adele’s “Hello” as Gaelige (in Irish).
The video, featuring lead singer Shannon Bryan accompanied by a great cast of fellow students, has gone viral and garnered close to 1,300k views since it was shared on YouTube in 2016.
Students attending the Gaeltacht school at Coláiste Lurgan have made brilliant covers of songs such as Avicii’s “Wake Me Up”, Sia’s “Chandelier”, Hozier’s “Someone New”, as well as tunes by Ed Sheeran and Wiz Khalifa.
These Irish language students are really grabbing the public’s attention, even more so after the roaring success of their 2016 TV show "Lurgan Beo", which has aired on TG4, the national Irish language TV channel. They have produced numerous cover songs since then, all of which can be found on their YouTube channel. Hardest working students in Ireland, this lot!
Is it just us or has the Gaeltacht changed since our day!
The lovely folks from Colaiste Lurgan even provided the lyrics to “Hello” as Gaelige in case you want to sing along.
Hello, tú ann?
Mé smaoineamh théis na mblianta
Ar mhaith leat casadh liom?
Le ghoil siar ar chuile shórt
Deir siad go gcneasódh am mo phiansa
Ach, táimse fós ag fulaingt
Hello, gcloiseann tú mé?
Tá mé síoraí breathnú siar ar an gcaoi mbíodh rudaí linn
‘S muid chomh hóg agus saor
gCuimhin leat an gliondar sular thit an domhan mórthimpeall orainn?
Muid ‘nois chomh difriúil oná chéile
Is ait an mac an saol
Hello dhuit ag tíocht anall
Ó dheoraí grá atá faoi smál
Ag iarra’ tharla a chuir ina cheart
Ná habair riamh go bhfuil ar ngrá thart
Hello dhuit ón taobh thall
Na bí chomh fuar mar níl aon chall
Admháim mo chionnta
Ba ormsa an locht
Nach féidir tosú ón tús ‘ríst anocht
Le do thoil
Hello, ce chaoi bhfuil?
Gach rud coinní’ ‘stigh rófhada
Tá sé seo chomh deacair
In am bogadh ar aghaidh
Scaoil uait a tharla ná breathnaigh siar
Is fág i bhfad taobh thiar dhúinn
Ní haon rún é nach bhfuil ceachtar a’ainn i dTír na nÓg.
Check out this fun video for their cover of “Cheerleader" by OMI, which has racked up 1,800k views:
This August, we're celebrating Gaeilge (the Irish language) and Irish music with a series highlighting those around the world speaking and learning Irish, and playing Irish music.
* Originally published in September 2016.