Do we care enough about Irish to keep it alive?

AS A MEMBER of Generation Peig, I have next to no Irish and I’m very embarrassed by that. But then, when I stop and think about it, I find myself feeling somewhat ambivalent towards Irish, wondering whether it is our national language or our national affectation.

Many’s the time, in an undistinguished academic career, I found myself being talked down to as Gaeilge by an angry and sarcastic múinteoir, despite said teacher knowing full well that I might understand better if they actually did the decent thing and spoke in Klingon altogether.


One thought on “Do we care enough about Irish to keep it alive?

  1. The “angry and sarcastic múinteoir” is part of the problem, as well as the general issues with teaching the language, outside of the Gaelscoileanna which he highlights. Along with the general train of thought that culture and history don’t matter, in a multicultural world where everybody is “the same”, there is no greater sense of perspective about its place in our lives, or joy in the language anymore. Sad really.

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