Tag Archives: Irish Language



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…


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Conor O’Carroll writes:

Weird one, I got this text on viber today as Gaeilge directing me to a ‘rayban’ site that scamadvisor.com told me was dodgy.
But the use of the Irish language? Correct grammar and all (I’m a Gaelgóir myself) but why use Irish for scamming people?





Joe Ó Ceallaigh writes:

Interesting article on [Irish language paper] Tuairisc from Brazil-based Dutch Gaeilgeoir Alex Hijmans on how the ‘Tá Comhionnanas’ (Yes Equality) campaign and badges created a positive attitude towards Irish.

I think this is important because many usually open-minded, liberal Broadsheeters can be quick to lump Irish in with all that they see as backward in Ireland. Yes there are conservative Irish speakers just as there are many conservative mono-lingual English speakers. Pick up the Sindo if you don’t believe me.

There are also many people who learn and speak Irish because they have an outlook which views the world as a rich and diverse tapestry of different cultures. Which attitude is more liberal and progressive? That of the bilingual person or the arrogant stance of the Gaeilge basher who can only speak one language?

“I bhfocail eile, fianaise é fairsinge na gcnaipí ‘Tá’ nach mbreathnaítear ar an nGaeilge a thuilleadh mar ghné den chuing choimeádach, Chaitliceach a mhothaigh go leor Éireannach ar a nguaillí leis na céadta bliain.”

Roughly – “Widespread wearing of the ‘Tá’ badge means that that the Irish language is not seen as part of the narrow, conservative Catholicism that kept the Irish people on their knees for hundreds of years”


Is mó an dea-thoil a chothaigh ‘Tá Comhionannas’ don Ghaeilge ná scata eagraíochtaí Gaeilge le blianta (Tuairisc)

Pic: Ruth Medjbar


This morning.

The Clarence Hotel, Dublin

Siobhan O Buachalla with her daughter Cliona and Fianna Fáil TD Pat Carey helping to launch the Yes Campaign on behalf of Irish language equality activists Ta Comhionannas in this Marriage Equality Referendum.


(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)



This afternoon.

Fine Gael’s Director of Elections for the Marriage Equality Referendum, Minister Simon Coveney and Minster for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys at the launch of Fine Gael’s dedicated Marriage Equality web portal in the Webfactory, 7 Bachelor’s Walk, Dublin 1.


(Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)


Star Trek’s Chris Pine (Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock) among a host of Hollywood stars featured on TG4’s movie show Ponc and  forced asked nicely to speak Irish

Colmán Mac Séalaigh writes:

Le tús curtha le Seachtain na Gaeilge tá muid ar fad ag déanamh iarracht breise an Ghaeilge a labhairt-ná déanaigí dearmad go bhfuil cúpla focal ag na celebs freisin!

Easy for him to say.


‘For too long this secret language has been draining the fiscal resources of those who do not speak it. Finally this gaelach garble will be unmasked and exposed for the tax-paying people of Erin. The jig is up and the something is something…’


Grainne writes:

I do enjoy the vitriolic comment backlash that the Irish-language usually provokes on your site so this may be of interest to some of your readers. An Irish-language-ish show about the Irish language and how we feel about it. Tonight and tomorrow at Smock Alley Theatre, Exchange Street, Dublin [Details at link below]

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