Thank you for your advice and encouragement!
Never fear, I don’t for a moment think that this is going to be easy, but I am dedicated to learning the language. I’ve been keeping up with my studies though I’ve had to alternate to another resource. I’ve found a house in Donegal so I’ve moved to Tús Maith instead. If only Donegal had won the Sam…
So dedicated, in fact, that I did up and move to Ireland. I’m living in Galway now, right on the doorstep to the Gaeltacht (my original plan to emigrate to Donegal fell through).
I now spend much of my time trying to pronounce the pub names in this lovely little town… that’s an experience that makes Ó Siadhail look easy.