Thursday 23 November 2017

Language in peril in its homeland

Generations of Irish children have gone through a sort of rite of passage -- usually, and appropriately enough, when on the threshold of adolescence -- which has left them with happy, lifelong memories.

They remember the other-worldly environment of the Gaeltacht, the unusual sounds and sights and smells, like bread baking; and the strange experience of hearing all around them people speaking a language that most children have heard only in the classroom.

But how many are moved to improve their knowledge of the language, or speak or read it, nobody knows.

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