Tuesday 17 July 2018

Peig's home up for rent on Blaskets at 'Gaeltacht for adults'

A ‘Gaeltacht for grownups’ in west Kerry is attempting to help adults 'remove the psychological block' with the Irish language. Stock photo: GETTY
A ‘Gaeltacht for grownups’ in west Kerry is attempting to help adults 'remove the psychological block' with the Irish language. Stock photo: GETTY

Gavin White

A 'Gaeltacht for grown-ups' in west Kerry is attempting to help adults "remove the psychological block" with the Irish language.

Attendees at the 'Awaken Your Heritage' on September 11 will be expected to speak as Gaeilge throughout the whole weekend on the Blasket Islands - but there will also be encouragement for those who struggle with 'an teanga'.

The famous home of Peig Sayers is even available for rent over the course. The house is one of three original dwellings which have been restored to accommodate up to 30 people.

Former Wexford hurler Diarmuid Lyng is organising the retreat. He said "shyness and embarrassment" caused people to struggle with the language.

"The aim of the Wild Irish Retreat is to break through that pervasive shame and inhibition by taking Irish out of an academic setting and using it in a natural one, which the language is more suited to," he said.

Siobhán de Paor, an Irish-language performance artist, said the location was a "very special place".

"The Blasket Islands are untouched and a complete nature reserve," she told the Irish Independent.

"While there has been a decline in the Gaeltacht, I feel we are witnessing a movement in the language elsewhere and we want to be part of that."

Irish Independent

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