#50 | Unconditional Love: the Modh Coinníollach

If I were a boy

Even just for a day

I’d roll outta bed in the morning

And throw on what I wanted and go

Beyoncé Knowles, If I Were A Boy, 2007

Welcome to our 50th episode of Motherfoclóir! If you’re a regular listener you may have heard us mention the Modh Coinníollach before… but what is it?

As with Peig who we chatted about last week with Tara Flynn, the Modh Coinníollach has become a kind of mascot for those who have bad memories of Irish from school. This has become a tired cliche in need of a good shake.

In order to get a good handle on the Irish conditional mood, Darach summons German-speaker Peadar and Spanish-speaker Éimear to compare it to the arrangement in other European languages. Is our conditional really so bad on a global scale?

The gang also chat about Muppets, Haribo, Fatal Deviation and Beyoncé, and Peadar gives a cheeky tip for spoken Irish.