Time for a new Gaelic revival?

Time for a new Gaelic revival?
Caoimhín De Barra: ‘Why doesn’t maths produce the same anger and revulsion that Irish produces, if compulsion is the sole cause?’ Pic: Fergal Phillips

We need to let go of the idea that the main thing holding Irish back as a language is that it is taught badly in schools, writes Caoimhín De Barra

When it comes to the Irish language, everyone is an expert. That, perhaps, is the greatest issue facing the language.

As most of our population harbour overly-simplistic ideas about why Irish isn’t more widely spoken and where the animosity some have towards the language comes from, it is difficult to look at An Ghaeilge from a fresh perspective and to think creatively about what kind of future we want it to have. However, a century...

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