As you may know, the Irish language also has contrast between palatized and non-palatized consonants. Unlike in Russian, non-palatized consonants are velarized, and the terms «broad» and «slender» are used instead of «hard» and «soft».
When a front vowel (i, e) occurs after a velar consonant in Irish, there is a glide between them, and to me sometimes this sounds like Russian’s ы (/ɨ/). Do you agree? See [this page](https://www.teanglann.ie/ga/fuaim/tuill) and listen to the third recording of *tuill* (the one that says «Cúige Mumhan»). Could just be my ears playing tricks on me because I haven’t mastered the sound of ы.