Sunday 25 March 2018

Immersion gives results

Sir --Eilis O'Hanlon's article entitled "Ve haf ways of making you talk -- as gaeilge" (Sunday Independent, May 9, 2010), incensed members of Conradh na Gaeilge, the Irish-speaking community in general, parents, and indeed countless students who may not consider themselves "Gaelgoirs", but who have thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from spending time in Gaeltacht summer camps and courses at some time or another.

Whatever about the varying rules from college to college, some of which the author calls "petty and outdated", with thousands of young people under the care of the summer college staff, most parents would much rather be assured that there are rules and regulations in place.

Ms O'Hanlon is right to say that "No enterprise ever lasted long by ignoring the demands of the paying customers", and the paying parents that send their children to the Gaeltacht year after year are the happy customers that know a good thing when they see it.

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