Sunday September 20, 2020

Time for a new Gaelic revival?

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

24th March, 2019
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

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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