Wednesday 12 December 2018

Leinster House could be a 'Pop-Up Gaeltacht'

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh had strong message on Irish. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh had strong message on Irish. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
John Downing

John Downing

The man still known as "the voice of Gaelic games" has urged the Government to recommit to supporting the Gaeltacht areas as the most precious source of the Irish language heritage.

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, now aged 87 and still active in Gaelic circles, was a special guest speaker in Seanad Éireann to mark 2018 as Bliain na Gaeilge.

The former school teacher said there was an urgent need for more skilled Irish language teachers to be made available to schools, as such teachers were now in short supply.

He also urged the use of technology to link Irish schools.

Mr Ó Muircheartaigh said he doubted whether the people in Government understood the difficulties faced by Gaeltacht communities. He said over the years too many promised development schemes had not been implemented.

He suggested an Irish language club - or "Pop-Up Gaeltacht" - at Leinster House, as part of efforts to boost Irish.

The veteran GAA man praised the organisation for using Irish, especially at Croke Park. But he said more Irish must be used in public signage there. His short speech, exclusively in Irish, was greeted with a standing ovation by senators.

Irish Independent

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