Children will survive
Sir -- Eilis O'Hanlon's piece (Sunday Independent, May 9, 2010), has tugged rudely on the strings of some of my fondest childhood memories.
What the author fails to recognise in her piece is that 99 per cent of children love these courses. Many want to go back year after year.
The demand and number of courses increases yearly. Most kids love it, they learn a hell of a lot of Irish and the system works.
The author clearly cannot understand the concept of immersion education. It's about thinking in Irish the whole time.
The author is right on one thing however -- "No enterprise lasted long by ignoring demands of paying customers".
Well perhaps you should go ask some of the parents who have paid -- the only thing they are demanding is a place on the next summer course.
So it looks like you will be starting that revolution by yourself.
Aodhán Ó Deá,
Oifigeach na Gaeilge,
Aontas na Mac Léinn in Eirinn