Tag Archives: Irish Language


National Museum of Ireland

I write to congratulate Rosita Boland on her excellent article on the necessity or other wise of the Irish language. She decries the waste involved in the State funding and supporting something so unnecessary, and I agree with her.

Surely though, we should not stop at our national language in an effort to eradicate this shameful waste.

I propose the following, not exhaustive, list of unnecessary institutions supported by the State that should be scrapped: the National Museum of Ireland, the National Gallery of Ireland, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the National Concert Hall and Culture Ireland. I look forward to living in Rosita Boland’s particular vision of utopia.

Barra Mac Niocaill,
Co Kildare.

Is Irish a necessary language? (Irish Times)

Pic: Juanfran

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A Jazz magazine in the native tongue.

Daithí Ó Cinnéide writes:

Don’t need to be fluent to get what’s going on here: Ireland’s first porno as Gaeilge! Ní hé lá na báistí lá na páistí indeed!!!

Salach anyone?

Read Fliuch here

‘An Chéad iris phornaghrafaíochta i nGaeilge’ foilsithe ar líne (Maitiú Ó Coimín, Tuairisc.ie)


Union Students of Ireland president Kevin Donoghue

Further to fadagate

Fiona O’Malley, of the Union Students of Ireland, writes:

The USI is calling for a change in the way the Irish language is taught at primary, secondary and third level. The union’s annual congress, held from the 21st – 24th March in Ennis, passed the motion that the VP for the Irish Language will direct a study, in collaboration with the relevant Irish language organisations and teachers’ unions, teacher-training colleges, between students, teachers, and others, to publish a collaborative report that would set out a progressive, comprehensive, and multilateral strategy regarding the teaching of Irish at primary and post primary level.

“The way Irish is taught in schools isn’t working,” Kevin Donoghue, USI President, said, “There needs to be more of an emphasis on the spoken language. Fluency is best reached through submersion, which is why we’re recommending all students go to the gaeltacht.”

“USI is concerned about the teaching of the Irish language at secondary level in Ireland and noted that many students believe that the Irish language is not “taught as a language” and that too much focus is put on literature instead of the oral practice.”


Pic: USI



Hang your heads.

This afternoon.

An interfaith service at Glasnevin Cemetery where the Taoiseach laid a wreath at the Necrology Wall, where the names of all those who died as a result of the 1916 conflict, in chronological and alphabetical order, are inscribed.

Don Reilly writes:

Should be ‘Éirí Amach na Cásca’…

Top pic: Rollingnews

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The Sugar Club, Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

Laura Gaynor writes:

Some highlights we made with Macalla Teoranta for the first ever “Gradam Cheoil Nós” with Nos.ie that happened at the weekend. It’s kinda like an Irish language version of the MTV Music Awards…





Deedee writes:

I’m not fluent speaker either but from my limited translation skills it’s an email from the daughter of Samuel  who needs my help accessing the 12.5 million dollars her dead dad left in a bank in the Ivory Coast…


Should we get rid of the Irish language?

A controversial comedy exploration of an old chestnut by Aunties Comedy troupe featuring Damon Blake (top left), George Fox (top right), Dermot Ward and Grainne McKeever.


Aunties Comedy

ronan mac con Iomaire

This morning sees the launch of RTÉ’s Irish Language Plan as a pre-election licence fee/public service fig leaf.

New language czar Rónán Mac Con Iomaire (top) promises to ‘recast’ the very language itself.

Despotic plans include:

Bi-lingual bulletins on 2fm
Feasacháin nuachta dhátheangacha ar 2fm

A new youth-orientated Irish-language radio service
Seirbhís raidió nua Ghaeilge dírithe ar ógánaigh a fhiosrú

Innovative content for language learners
Ábhar den nuáil do dhaoine atá ag foghlaim na Gaeilge

Centre of excellence in Irish-language media training
Ábhar den nuáil do dhaoine atá ag foghlaim na Gaeilge

Increased use of Irish in television promos, continuity and weather bulletins
Bainfear úsáid níos minice as an nGaeilge ar bhlaisíní teilifíse, sa leanúnachas agus i bhfeasacháin aimsire

Next version of the RTÉ Player to include Irish-language option for the navigational user interface
Beidh rogha na Gaeilge ar fáil leis an gcóras nascleanúna don chéad leagan eile den seinnteoir RTÉ Player

Advertisers and advertising agencies will be incentivised and supported to provide advertising in Irish on television, radio and digital
Tabharfar spreagadh agus cúnamh don lucht fógraíochta agus do ghníomhaireachtaí fógraíochta fógraí a chur ar fáil i nGaeilge ar an teilifís, ar an raidió agus sa réimse digiteach


Read the full action pleann here



NO REPRO FEE RTÉ Director-General Noel Curran today launched Meáin Ghaeilge RTÉ; Action Plan 2015-2019; the broadcaster’s new strategic action plan for the Irish language. Speaking alongside An Taoiseach Enda Kenny; the Director-General said the ambitious plan would seek to re-cast the role of the language across all RTÉ services.; Pictured are: Blathnaid Treacy; broadcaster RTÉ and Eoghan McDermott; broadcaster RTÉ. Picture: Tony Kinlan/Kinlan Photography

At the language plan launch.

From top: Taoiseach Enda Kenny and gossamer geansai wearing Blathnaid Ní Chofaigh; broadcaster Blathnaid Treacy RTÉ and Eoghan ‘The Gruaig’ McDermott.

Pics: Tony Kinlan

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Brian O’Reilly writes:

As cheap as the food and drink is in Wetherspoons in Swords [Co Dublin], you would imagine they would try at least to spell properly in Irish and not use Google Translate…