Thursday April 9, 2020

This Life: Speaking in tongues

East Belfast may strike many people as an unlikely place for an Irish-language revival, writes Peter Geoghegan.

27th April, 2014
Linda Ervine: There is every reason why Protestants should be learning Irish.' Picture: William Cherry/Presseye

‘Seomra Ranga,’ says a sign tacked onto a door. A little further down the hall, a ‘leabharlann’ is filled with books. It is a very Irish scene, but in a very unlikely place – the Newtownards Road, in urban East Belfast. Across the street, a mural commemorates the Ulster Volunteer Force, and Union Jacks fly from lampposts.

The Centre Turas began as a 15-week course in the Irish language in East...

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