We’ve got a good few posts about the Echo on the site, however most of them cater to new Irish Echo users. Our goal with this post is to have a dedicated post for whatever we think the best Echo commands for Irish users are at a given time and update this as new ones are released. Think of it as a how to guide for getting the most out of your Echo.
1. “Alexa, ask for next bus”
Does what it says on the tin. Tells you when the next (Dublin) bus for your closest stop is. We covered this app in detail here but the genius of this app is that it is called “4nextbus” so the command couldn’t be shorter.
2. “Alexa, what’s new”
Not the most obviously Irish Echo command but that all changes when you enable the RTE News app (and make it the default news app). To be fair to RTE it works great and for our money is even better than the Guardian. A few different commands work, for example “Alexa, tell me the news”, “what is my news briefing” etc and you get 5 headlines read out to you.
3. “Alexa, play Newstalk fm”
For this you will have to first enable TuneIn Internet Radio, but for those of you who can’t get enough of George Hook, this command works great. While on the subject of Radio, note that RTE 2 etc work just as well.
4. “Alexa, what’s the weather like?”
We must caveat this first by saying that when we first got our Echo towards the end of last year, this command would bring back the weather for somewhere in Japan. Without changing anything this seems to have righted itself. We have the Echo location set as O’Connell St, and this command brings back the forecast for Dublin. Your mileage might vary on this so don’t take our word for it, but note that even if this doesn’t work “Alexa, what’s the weather like in Dublin” has always and continues to work.
5. “Alexa, what’s Paddy Power up to?”
Ok so this exact command isn’t real, but Paddy Power has made an Amazon Alexa skill which is a news app (so all the same commands as RTE above will work) but it adds that famous bit of Paddy Power cheek and a few tips as well.
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