Elaine Byrne: DUP’s stand against Irish on shaky ground now King Charles has embraced it

The newly anointed British head of state, and revered monarch to the unionist party, included the language in his coronation and lauded it as part of a ‘rich heritage’ which needs to be preserved

King Charles III stands after being crowned during his coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey. Picture: Getty

“Go dtí dhíot gurb aithnid dúinn an tAthair Mhac” was the first line of the Irish verse sung by the choir at the coronation of King Charles in Westminster Abbey yesterday. It was the first time in the monarchy’s history that Gaelic was used in a coronation ceremony.

A verse of Irish, Welsh, Scots Gaelic, and English each formed the ancient hymn called Veni Creator Spiritus (Come Creator Spirit) which, in its Latin form, first ...