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Colm O'Rourke: 'I'm a school principal - but even I can't converse in Irish'

A Russian lecturer appointed to promote the Irish language in Kerry faces an uphill task, writes Colm O'Rourke

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IT’S A TOUGH TASK: Russian gaeilgeoir Victor Bayda

IT’S A TOUGH TASK: Russian gaeilgeoir Victor Bayda

IT’S A TOUGH TASK: Russian gaeilgeoir Victor Bayda

When I heard last week that a Russian, Victor Bayda, had been appointed as the Irish language planning officer by Udaras na Gaeltachta for the Kerry Gaeltacht, I wondered if this was some elaborate joke to give Irish a bit of prominence.

Then he turns up in full living colour with Ray D'Arcy on Saturday night. It is for real, the Russians are coming.


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