The Best Irish Language Cartoons for learning Irish

The Best Irish Language Cartoons for learning Irish

The Irish language, as part of our Irish culture is a huge part of my life. Some words have slipped into the English language from Irish, such as Bróg (shoe)/ brogue style shoe, and Craic (fun), go leor (plenty)/ bargains galore.

Bringing your child up through Irish has never been easier now, with such a huge range of Irish Language Cartoons and shows on the television, Ipads, phones etc! You will easily find picture cards in Irish in many book shops and even Monopoly is now available in Irish.

TG4 have done an amazing job at dubbing the most popular children’s cartoons in Irish for your children to enjoy and engage in.

Some cartoons however, are extremely fast paced, so dubbing these cartoons can be difficult and result in dubbed Irish that is not always audible. Our language does take twice as long to say as english does, but sure that’s why we love it!

I have put together a list of Irish Language Cartoons which I have found to be very clear, have beautiful regional Irish and are enjoyable.

  1. Woozle & Pip – TG4, LMDÓC Directed by MacDara Ó Curraidhín

This is our number 1 Irish language cartoon for so many reasons. The Irish is pure Kerry Irish, and is the most audible, crisp Irish I have ever heard. You can hear every séamhú and it is nice and slow. The show centres around a group of animals in a magic garden (an gháirdín draíochta), with two main characters, Woozle and Pip, both cute little dogs who are best friends. It follows their imagination and lessons they learn in each episode are very relevant and easy for children to relate to.

Our toddler is such a fan that we had to get him a Woozle teddy on Amazon!

Watch it here on TG4:

2. Zou – TG4, Directed by Glór Media Sound Source

A cartoon series based on a series of award winning books by Michael Gay. It follows the daily life of Zou, a child zebra who lives in a busy household containing all his family, including his grandparents. Zou is such a sweet child and spends his time trying to find ways to make his grandparents’ life easier for them. Such a lovely message in a cartoon, to look after our elders. The Irish is wonderfully dubbed, with different accents for the various ages of the children, all clearly audible.

Watch it here on TG4:

3. Bubu agus na hUlcabháin bheaga – TG4, Directed by Telegael

This cartoon is based on a family of owls, including a baby owl who still has half her shell on (very cute). It focuses on the three child owls exploring their habitat and at the end of the day checking back in with the parents and telling them whom they met and what they learned. They usually sing two songs in each episode and the mother owl has a wonderful singing voice. Their first episode featured a “good night” song, which was so good I recorded and played for my toddler when he was having his naps. The Irish is very audible and clear, even the baby owl is easy to understand in her high pitched voice.

Watch it here on TG4:

4. Dónall Dána – TG4 LMDÓC Directed by MacDara Ó Curraidhín

A funny cartoon which centres around the daily life of Dónall, a cheeky child who seems to give out a lot! His teachers are not too fond of him and he is not very fond of them either. He spends most his time getting up to no good and getting away with it! The Irish is, like Woozle and Pip, very precise, audible and most importantly learnable!

Watch it here on TG4:

5. Angelo Rules – TG4 Directed by Macalla

This cartoon reminds me of Tim Burton’s Coraline, the animation is amazing and the characters have huge eyes that really engage with you. It is based around an eleven year old boy named Angelo and the conundrums he gets into. The Irish is Dublin Irish, well audible and clear. The cartoon usually has a lesson embedded in it that is easy to understand.

Watch it here on TG4:

Special Mention – An Aimsir (the weather)

Though not a cartoon as such, but a short animated weather forecast. It is voiced by a group of children who shout out the weather in unison. It puts the Irish words on the screen so lots to learn and listen to.

Catch it in the mornings in between cartoons on TG4.

Now that is our favourites list, TG4 add tones of new cartoons each season, so it is always changing. They have recently added kazoops, and have very popular cartoons such as PJ Masks, Elmo and The Furchester Hotel.

Cúla4 have just launched their own App in the Google Play Store and iTunes. Now your children can enjoy learning Irish on tablet/ ipad/ smart phones.

Competition Time!!!

I have some Cúla4 Goodie Bags to give away!

To win just comment below what your child’s favourite Irish Cartoon is on TG4.

I will pick the winners by 30th November.

Go n-éirí libh / good luck!

12 thoughts on “The Best Irish Language Cartoons for learning Irish”

    • Thanks Goretti! We are massive fans of the cartoons in Irish on TG4. They just get better and better. I would say Saoirse would love Zou, very sweet little cartoon.

    • Nice cartoons but way too advanced for an absolute beginner 3 year old. Do you know of any cartoons that would suit?

      • I have found that immersion is the best route for children learning the Irish language, which is why watching these cartoons I find is best. They can see what is happening in the cartoon and learn the words through understanding the actions. I dont think children at 3 have the patience yet to watch cartoons that teach irish words, that needs to happen either in the class room or with the parents each day.

  • Love all these cartoons myself but the children I teach at school (junior infants up to second class) love Dónall Dána for rainy lunchtimes!

  • Delighted to have stumbled on your insta page, my little boy will be going to Gael scoil next September and he’s so eager to learn more Irish all the time, we’ve tried cula4 before with shows like pj masks but they are too fast for him (&me) so we are delighted to find these suggestions and are currently watching Woozle & Pip 😃. Go raibh mile maith agat!!

    • Aww such an exciting time! Yes some of them are quite fast, as some of the cartoons themselves are fast paced so its hard to dub in the time of the english. I found Zou very gentle and slow so would recommend that too!

  • Saturday morning we watch cula 4 in our house. We try and get a few shows in. Get our boys used to the different canúintí. Woozle & Pip or Zou are favourites in our house. It helps our dog looks like woozle though.

    • Oh so cute, my little one would be so jelouse he loves woozle too. We love the gorgeous kerry irish in that show, so easy to hear each séamhú etc.

  • Thank you for the recommendations! Mo leanbh is too young for TV right now (only 5 months), but when he’s old enough I look forward to showing him all of these shows, especially Woozle & Pip. I’m going to have to watch them all in the meantime so I can practice my own Irish.

    • Hi Matt, thanks we had fun putting the list together! I think Woozle & Pip is originally in Danish, such a wonderful, friendly, soft cartoon for kids. I just love the kerry irish the voiceover team have for the Irish version. Im sure he will enjoy watching them with you when he is a bit older!

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