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Taoiseach’s glass-half-full view of Irish is admirable – but there are holes in his glass

Fionnán Sheahan


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Taoiseach Micheál Martin meets the Horan family from Cork on a visit to the Blasket Islands. Photo: Government Information Service

Taoiseach Micheál Martin meets the Horan family from Cork on a visit to the Blasket Islands. Photo: Government Information Service

Taoiseach Micheál Martin meets the Horan family from Cork on a visit to the Blasket Islands. Photo: Government Information Service

A satisfactory solution to the Killorglin contention might be to put the Sam Maguire Cup up on the Puck Fair podium for all to honour, instead of the goat. The All-Ireland trophy is back ‘home’ in The Kingdom and is on quite a tour of the county.

Yet Micheál Martin managed to spend a few days in Kerry without someone turning up with the cup just to remind him. Still, the Cork Taoiseach paid due deference to the wonder of the neighbouring county of Kerry. While launching a book on the music of the Blaskets, he recalled how he came to the Dingle Gaeltacht nearly 50 years ago, as a school pupil from Coláiste Chríost Rí in Cork.


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