GALWAY IRELAND – GAELIC TRADITIONS & CUSTOMS

GALWAY IRELAND – GAELIC TRADITIONS & CUSTOMS


We’re Marko and Alex, the Vagabrothers, and in this series we’re on an epic 9-day roadtrip through Ireland. Our roadtrip starts on the Wild Atlantic Way where we surf, eat and dive into the adventure. [screams] Then we’re heading south to County Cork, birthplace of Irleand’s slow food movement, before driving to Dublin to discover the city’s hidden gems and get styled with Irish design. Forget what you think you know, this is Ireland: rugged, real and raw. (Marko) mmmmh… I’m gonna miss this place (Alex) mhm (Marko) We’re coming back! Good morning guys and welcome back to day two of our Irish adventure. Right now we’re about two hours south of Sligo, in a place called Cnoc Suain. It’s about 20 miles north of Galway, just off the Wild Atlantic Way. So, County Galway is a bastion of traditional Irish culture. It has one of the highest percentages of Gaelic speakers in the nation. And so our plan for coming here is to meet with the owners, Charlie and his wife, Dearbháil, who’re gonna give us a crash course in traditional Irish culture. Let’s hit it! So, when we found the place, just to give you an idea, this whole place was overgrown like it is there. Now just look at the type of stone. This was the original cottage. This would have been the outhouses. When we restored we then linked the two together. Cool! Dude, if I were to come learn Gaelic, staying here for like a couple of days or a week, it would be like the way to immerse yourself in the culture. It’s like a college dorm at Hoghwarts [Alex laughs] (Marko) Dude, where else would you get a little fire down there… (Alex) Where would you put your owl? We didn’t restore this for this to become a museum. The goal of it is to create an awareness about the Gaelic culture and the natural history that is in the bog land. Everything we do is interactive. We want people to become engaged, to participate, and to have fun. This Gaelic culture is the root of all culture that’s in Ireland. One of the first things that I noticed when we got here is the smell of burning peat. It’s really really nice and relaxing. Peat is pretty much, it comes out of a bog and it was used and still is used to heat homes. So, all around us here are bog lands. It’s a huge percentage of Ireland that is made out of bog lands. First formed when the Celts came here, cleared forests and that clearing of the forest kind of made these bog lands. And a lot of what we know about early Ireland is from the bodies that fell in these bogs and were preserved. (Alex) Pretty much mummified (Marko) Yeah (Alex) We’re gonna meet up with Charlie and he’s gonna teach us a little bit about the bogs. Ready? (Marko) Let’s do a bog walk! (Alex) Bog walking. A bog is an ecosystem that is based on this plant. That is the bog maker. That’s responsible for this entire landscape. That’s the peat. See, the bog grows at the rate of one millimeter a year. (Charlie) Well, you’re looking all the way to the mountains there (Alex) That is all bog? (Charlie) That is all bog land, yeah. (Alex) Wow. (Alex) That is a lot of peat. (Charlie) It is. A lot of peat, a lot of preserve. (Charlie) Stand there. (Alex) They call it black butter for a reason. (Charlie) Yeah, go on. (Alex) Like butter. (Marko) Look at that. Got a piece of peat. This will be good if we pop it back up there and let it dry and it’ll heat the house for the winter. (Alex) Would you like a slice of bog butter free? (Marko laughs) Uh, that’s a shitty Irish accent. Sorry. (Charlie) Two hands on it. (Alex) Yeah. (Charlie) Go. (Marko) Oh wow! It’s super low. (Alex) Like King Arthur. (Marko) EXCALIBUR! (Alex yells triumphantly) (Charlie) So, that’s where it’s solid ground. (Alex) That’s insane. That is a big bog. [attempts an Irish accent again] Now, that’s a bog! Well, that was really interesting, but one of the things here in Ireland… music is an intrical aspect of culture and cultural and language preservation. So, we’re heading over to one of the other cottages and there is some live music happening. Let’s go have a listen. Sounds like a party is happening on the inside. [whispers] Let’s go! Here goes nothing! Guys, make sure you follow our Snapchat and get this stuff live! Alright guys, so just a little bit of the backstory here: What we were doing earlier, the skippydi-dabbadi-do… [man singing] It was called lilting and it was a traditional form of music back when people maybe didn’t have enough money to buy musical instruments. People had to play the music and they way they’d do this is they lilted or sang, sang the tune. You know, they don’t have any words, you make up the word, you kind of start with [demonstrates lilting] And then you go on and finish with a kind of big long “do” [Marko and Alex lilt and finish with a big long “do”] (Marko) We’re backing the Irish. (Alex) Oh yeah. Super good introduction to Irish and Gaelic culture. And we’ve even topped it off with a bit of local moonshine. Gotta love it! So, we’re on our way to Galway and we’re gonna do a little walking tour through the city. (Marko) And then of course: food and drink. (Alex) Perfect, let’s hit it! [Marko whistles a tune] Ugh, no no no no no Mark. It’s like this! [Alex whistles a tune] (Marko) That is so different! (Alex) That’s it, I know! (Marko) That’s not it! (Alex) ‘Cause you were wrong! Okay fine, play the track. Okay guys, so we just got to Galway The sun is about to set. We don’t have much time to explore, so we’re gonna get after it. Yeah, Galway is a big student city, it’s a medieval town, formerly walled city and it’s got a cool bohemian vibe. (Marko) So, we’re meeting up with Connor from Galway Private Tours and we’re gonna take a walk on the Old Town. (Alex) Let’s hit it! Guys, this is Connor, he’s gonna be showing us all the cool things to do in Galway. So, what are we gonna do today? We’re gonna have a walk around the medieval city centre of Galway, the river Corrib, we’re also gonna see the cathedral and university, which is on the other side of town. This city is seriously cool. It’s very very bohemian; there’s a lot of people busking, playing live music. It’s a place that has attracted artists and writers, creative types over the centuries. The nickname is “The Graveyard of Lost Ambitions” because so many people come here. You could see how you’re walking down the street to go do some business and meet a friend, jump in and have a pint, stay there all afternoon. Galway is synonymous for the good life, I think. And we’re gonna dive into it in a bit. We were just walking along the river, learning about the history. So Galway was founded by Irish and then came Normans and then in the Middle Ages it became a trade centre. They exported cowhides and leather, they imported wine, salt and iron and it was connected with Spain and other countries. That’s why there’s a Spanish arch in the harbour. Well, guys, actually this isn’t my first time to Galway. I came here in 2010, right after I finished university. I was with a couple of friends travelling, and we were in Galway for one night. And pretty much the only thing that we did was we came to the Spanish Arch and drank beer outside. Which I just learned today is called “bushing”. So, if you come to the Spanish Arch, it’s a good place to come bushing. During the industrial revolution they used the river as an energy source to turn the wheels of water mills and to facilitate transport with barges We’re walking up to the university now. A lot of exchange students come here and the American students just arrived. So, while you’re abroad, it’s not a bad place to be. (Connor) J.R.R. Tolkien (Alex and Marko) Whoa! (Connor) He stayed over there because he was a visiting professor here back in the 1950s. At the same time he was writing “The Lord of the Rings”. I was gonna say there was some Hogwarts vibe going on here but… GANDAAALF! [evil laughter] (Alex) Well, I thoroughly enjoyed my brief moment as a wizard. (Marko) Of Gandalfness. Oh yeah [groans] but that was a cool little walking tour. It’s coming to an end and I think we’re gonna head over and grab a bite. Where are we going? So, this is a funny story. About a month and a half ago at the Calgary stampede, I told someone that we were going to Galway And he says, go check out Mr Eat Galway on Instagram who’s a local chef. (Marko) So, I believe that random travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God, so we’re gonna go check it out. (Alex) Deep. (Marko) Actually it’s Kurt Vonnegut, who I think said that. We’re gonna go check out the restaurant. (Alex) Let’s do it, I’m starving! Alex has the raw scallops. Like a scallop ceviche. I don’t know what to do. What is this? It’s molecular. It’s like sprinkled fairy dust and some scallop that has been cured in birch wood. So, my name is JP MacMahon. I’m the chef patron who opened Aniar Restaurant in Galway. And we call ourselves a terroir restaurant. The philosophy behind the restaurant is that we try and use as much produce from the West of Ireland as possible. So, 90-95%. Through this we had to exclude lemons, black pepper and chocolate. I suppose in some respects it’s kind of writing the menu in reverse. We look at what we have and what we can get and then we put those together. Because the philosophy of the restaurant is to source everything from this immediate area, constraints can be the source of the beauty of the product. Kind of like a haiku, you know, you say you can only do it this way and you’re forced to be creative and that’s what we’re seeing here. So, even though Ireland might be a place associated with going having a Guinness and maybe some pub food, this is like the opposite, and I’m loving it. So, cheers! Well guys, that was another incredible day in Ireland, learning about Irish culture, but it’s late and we’re gonna tuck in earlyish. That’s because tomorrow we’re getting up early to got the Aran Islands, which are just off the coast here. And those really are… it’s a very special place in Ireland. And we’re gonna tell you more about it tomorrow morning. In the meantime, if you liked the video, give it a thumbs up, share it with your friends, and subscribe to the Vagabrothers for new travel videos every Tuesday and Thursday. And as always: Stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you guys on the road. Peace!

100 thoughts on “GALWAY IRELAND – GAELIC TRADITIONS & CUSTOMS

  1. Finally a really set of videos that shows that Ireland is quite beautiful and has a unique culture <3 really loving the videos x Can't wait for you to come to Dublin cause you know born and raised, proud dub! The home of the Sam McQuire cup x
    Is fear Gaeilge briste , n谩 B茅arla cl铆ste (Iss faar Gay-el-geh brish-teh naw Bay-er-lah clish-teh.
    Broken Irish is better than clever English)

  2. The race is on you guys! Just saw that you have 2,926,103 total video views and I have 2,902,182. Funny that it's so close! Anyway I hitchhiked across Ireland way back in 1990, and found a gold ring along the way. My main memory other than that was drunken teenagers stumbling all over the streets in Galway. You couldn't get away with that in the U.S. Anyway cheers from Peru, safe travels!

  3. Loving the Ireland videos! Heading to Dublin on the 21st. Then Cork, Galway, and Derry for Samhain. Looks like I'll just miss you gents.

  4. I can't say it enough what a treat it is to watch your channel! Great content, Awesome adventures and interesting history lessons! Can't wait for more!

  5. Your videos are so inspiring and great! Thanks for that 馃檪
    Btw: what did you both study? And do you plan to travel more or are you gonna start working?

  6. Hey Marco and Alex! I was just wondering what can I do to pursue a job like yours? Btw I love how you give us a history lesson on every place that you guys traveled to! Love your videos!

  7. I'm been filming and editing my own travel videos. Your both and inspiration to me. I want to monetize my videos in case I one day get enough views to make a little something. I'm trying to use music that is free to use for this. My question is, do you buy the music you use? Or where do you find the music? Or is it that you just don't monetize. I just feel like music does a lot for a video and it is hard to find music as good as the ones used in your videos. Unfortunately I don't have the extra cash to buy licences for music… going to film school and all.

  8. I really like the way you two document your trips. So informative yet entertaining. The Vaga Brothers should become a series on Discovery channel – for sure! 馃檪

  9. Watching this on the train headed to Galway. Looking forward to seeing it myself 馃榾 Was inspired to come to Ireland from you guys ! Keep being awesome Marko and Alex !

  10. took a short break from the vlogs, currently binge watching and so glad im back watching. reminded of why i love you guys so much

  11. Thank you for your wonderful portrayal of my home country. You've been incredibly sensitive, which most visitors fail to do; you showcased our ancient culture and also showed how much of a modern nation we have become! Not to mention our amazing coast – surfing, diving and kayaking. Great job guys. Maith sibh.

    Ps I hope you come back and head up North! Some wonderful sights up our way and Belfast is transforming each day.

  12. One thing I love most about Western Ireland travels is the smell of peat burning in the fires. It has a way to send you back in time.

  13. Bushing is indeed a correct term but the Spanish Arch has it's own verb for drinking in public. To Sparch is to to drink in the Spanish Arch. So you went Sparching!

  14. This is so funny to watch (as an Irish person) because I'd be so used to Irish pronunciations of places and it's weird to hear them from an American accent 馃槀 great video I really enjoyed it!
    Plus a helpful tip if you come back: Places spelt with "Cnoc" is pronounced like Knock, sorry if I'm being picky just something I noticed 馃槃

  15. I had to go back and forth to listen to both of you to tell who got the whistle right. Neither of you? But you both got part of it right. I think Mark was closer to the right tune.
    Btw, I looked up Joomanji and never found the track you used, and it's not linked in the info. What is the specific name of the track you both whistled?
    Great videos. Learning so much. I get to see a part of the world, I hope to visit some day. Thanks.
    You both are very talented.

  16. As an Irish person I'm really impressed by your knowledge of my country. You clearly do your research. This combined with the beautiful cinematography has earned you a new subscriber. 馃檪

  17. Hope you lads come back, I recommend Leenane, a beautiful little place in Galway featured in The Field starring richard Harris,Sean Bean and John Hurt. Great videos and you definitely do your research. Sound

  18. It's been too long I have been to Galway. Such an awesome city! Good to see it through your eyes again 馃槉

  19. I spent two winters in Ireland. The smell of burning peat is one of the most beautiful things about Ireland that you can't appreciate if you only visit in the spring or summer.

  20. Great video , my husband and I are going over in May . We have rented a rv for 20 days to see as much as possible all around Europe .

  21. I no my comment is a bit late but ye two flew into knock and that is built over bog by mon senior horan (don't no how to spell that) anyways he built it no one thought an airport could be built over a big but he did he

  22. The bogs started to form long before our Gaelic (Celtic) ancestors, it was our pre-Celtic culture ancestors.

  23. Once I went on a school tour to a farm and we went to q bog but it was not dry yet and we got to jump in it and play in it

  24. Why do they keep saying the "Gaelic language"? Is that not Scottish? Irish language is just called Irish

  25. So good…. hilarious to see you in Galway (where I studied) and talking about 'bushing' 馃槀馃槃馃憦馃徏馃憤馃徎

  26. I haven't been back in Ireland for 28 years. I think what I miss the most is the smell of a peat fire on a cold night

  27. Lived here till I was 11 and now I'm 13 and live in Amsterdam I feel like I've lived in 2 of the most nicest and coolest cities in the world

  28. It's funny how you don't really see all the beauty in the cities of Ireland but when your 5 minutes outside the landscape completely changes

  29. It's funny how you don't really see all the beauty in the cities of Ireland but when your 5 minutes outside the landscape completely changes

  30. I just found you guys yesterday, and I love it because I LOVE to travel the world too.
    In2014, My soon my sister and I had the chance to visited the wonderful Ireland.

  31. Awesome video! My wife and I got engaged a year and half ago in Ireland @ the Cliffs of Moher. We have been back once since, and plan on going again. We have a few similar videos of our trip through Ireland, you guys should check them out! Just subscribed!

  32. Lads I have to say that was some brilliant journalism or what ever it was it聽help my attention. 聽That was brilliant. WHY let me tell you why.I am Galwagian I grew up聽there………………………………………….. I have been away for 10 years and miss the spot. ye really did聽 a great job with the video and audio switching back anf fourth. I am done now correcting my spellings as its runeing my flow of typing …. the car sene was bril .. and the bog section was great … ye are really appreciative of my land and that I than k you for next time ye are聽there have a cuppa.. Anthony duffy boley beag east聽Bearna Galway 091 596651

  33. My family was one of the founding tribes of galway and I've never been there so this was rly cool to watch

  34. Great video, however it was the English who cut down the majority of our forests when they occupied the country for agriculture, not the Celts. Not trying to be 'political' but it's an historical fact

  35. I am Russian, but I love Ireland 馃挌馃挌馃挌 My husband is an Irish and we moved to Galway recently. Thank you for your great work!! 馃憤馃憤馃憤

  36. The bog ecosystem has a really high ecological value! It fices CO2 and filtrates water. It is a unique ecosystem that needs to be preserved. It is awsome that Ireland has so much of it 馃檪

  37. Great quality content, sound editing & filming … I learnt some stuff I didn't know I didn't know … Brilliant! Love it!

  38. The editing in this video is incredible. 鉁 I was captivated the entire time. I am hoping to go to Galway one day so this was very helpful.

  39. This is very nice.

    I did hear someone talk about staying there for a week and learning Gaelic.

    It takes longer than that.

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