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Off Message

Lovers of the Irish language do not have the right to ram it down the throats of the rest of us: that way, resentment lies.

9th March, 2014
Road signs in Irish and English are a common sight, but which way lies the future of Irish?

I n my mind, two memories of learning Irish loom large. One: I am in a language ''lab at college, trying to pronounce the word ''cre" according to the received pronunciation of my Irish department. I have been at this for ten minutes already. ''Kiday says the prompt (or something like that), and I repeat it as best I can. The tutor signals that I have got it wrong.

I give it another go. Another...

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