Wednesday 17 January 2018

Irish not dead

As a student who has studied Irish my whole life, it naturally play a big role in my world. It gives a great sense of pride to be able to say "I can speak, read and write Irish". So it always angers me when I hear people ridiculing the language or questioning its role.

The most frustrating thing is that the majority of those who question it are not fluent in the language. It's through their ignorance that their disdain evolves. Irish is part of our identity and remains our first language under the constitution. The language is not dead, nor is it dying in my mind, but it does require more support from the Government. Ni neart go cur le cheile.

Derek O'Brien
Eagarthoir Gaeilge, The College View, Oifigeach Idirchumainn, Cumann Gaelach

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