vijayjohn wrote:By the way, what variety of Irish do you speak? IIRC you're not a native speaker, right, or are you?
I'm not a native speaker, no. I learned CO (an Caighdeán Oifigiúil - the Official Standard) in school, peppered with the various dialects of my teachers. I'd say my Irish is mainly Munster based with significant Connacht influence and some (though not much) Ulster influence. Mostly I sick to the standard and differ to Munster Irish for pronunciation, except for certain words or conventions which I feel (for whatever reason) should be pronounced in a different way.
vijayjohn wrote:And your parents are native speakers or something like that, right? (EDIT: I feel like I should know all of this already, but I forgot if you did answer those questions in the past).
I'm not sure if I answered this specificly in the past, but no, neither of my parents are native speakers. My mother hardly speaks a word of it whereas my father is reasonably fluent, or at least he used to be.