Hi I have been looking everywhere to try and learn Ulster Irish. At the minute I am using Duolingo and YouTube. I am just wondering can anyone offer any other advice on where tp find any materials where I can learn Ulster/Donegal Irish.
Well there is a three-volume series called Tús Maith that is Ulster-flavoured (not 100% dialectal, but Ulster-influenced). Ciarán Ó Duibhin's site at http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/~oduibhin/sf/index.html is amazing - that is a link to short stories in Ulster Irish, with audio files read by a native speaker who was born in 1920 with lots of grammar and vocabulary notes. Dr Ó Duibhín is a well-known expert on Ulster Irish, and the person behind the Tobar na Gaedhilge database.
Thanks very much. Do I need to be a at an advanced level for this though?
For which? Not for Tús Maith, which has 3 levels starting from zero. As for the stories in Ulster Irish it depends if you can understand, say, story1:
Bhí fear in a chomhnuidhe ar an bhaile s'againne
a dtugadh siad Micheál Ruadh air. Bhí teach
beag cheann-tuigheadh aige ar fhód an bhealaigh
mhóir agus bhí an donas air le séideadh anuas agus
le deora anuas. Lá amháin da rabh Micheál ar an
aonach, casadh duine de a chuid daoine muinteardha
air nach bhfaca sé le tamall fada roimhe sin. "A
Mhicheáil a chroidhe," arsa a dhuine muinteardha
leis, "caidé mar tá an saoghal ag éirghe leat mar
seo?" "Ó, go díreach go leath-mheasardha," arsa
Micheál, "tá mé briste brúighte, tuirseach cráidhte,
i n-amanna plúchta agus i n-amanna báidhte."
That's from http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/~oduibhin/sf/sceal01.html - the audio file is there and vocabulary notes.
It is in the original spelling.
For very basic Ulster Irish, try Giota Beag on the BBC site - the audio files are by native speaker from Donegal Fearghal Mag Uiginn - http://www.bbc.co.uk/irish/articles/view/625/english/
Giota beag in Irish means "a little bit".
Go raibh Maith agat. I will be in touch hopefully to let you know how I get on.
Check out Now You're Talking as well, as RTE series from the 90's that teaches Irish solely through the Ulster dialect. All the episodes have been uploaded onto youtube (I can't post the url as I'm a new member!). The coursebook is available on amazon and bricks and mortar bookshops too.