Great news for Irish language learners & enthusiasts! We’re starting a new type of monthly blog posts focused on the latest news regarding Irish Gaelic & other things of interest. We know it’s hard to keep track of these things, you don’t have the time to search for it yourself or you don’t really know where to look to get the latest scoop on what’s happening with the Irish language.
Look no more, starting today, Bitesize can be your one stop for Irish language related news.
Munster Irish dialect [Canúint na Mumhan]
If you have 5 minutes, you should watch the following video by YouTuber Ciara Ní hÉ who’s talking with a close friend (Seaghan) about special parts of the Munster dialect. They are both in America teaching Irish as Fulbright FLTAs.
NI Secretary Karen Bradley to meet Irish language groups
As part of political talks, campaigners are looking for the creation of an Irish Language Act. This would see the creation of “creates a significant number and range of guaranteed right”, but it’s a contentious political issue. [Read more]
Concern In County Clare Over How Irish Language Is Taught In Schools
The Chief Inspector’s Report from the Department of Education has revealed the standard of learning of Irish in primary schools has deteriorated notably in the past four years.[Read more] & listen to the discussion [Audio/Podcast]
Irish-language content on radio is negligible, says report
A survey on the use of Irish on radio stations has found that it barely reaches the ‘cúpla focal’. The Irish language has only a marginal role on the vast majority of Irish radio stations, despite a legal obligation to include it. Apart from RTÉ, most stations use Irish in a “trivial” or “culturally stereotypical” way. [Read more]
‘How is English a modern language when it doesn’t even have its own word for a croissant?!’
Twitter #nílsécgl campaign highlights negative attitudes encountered by Irish speakers
Prompted by the writer and teacher Ciara Ní É to use the hashtag #nílsécgl (Níl sé ceart go leor, or It is not all right) in a tweet she posted on Sunday, users wrote messages describing negative attitudes they have encountered while speaking the language. [Read more]
Kids’ thoughts on the Irish language
Watch a handful of kids speak about how they feel about the Irish language. It mostly seems to be apathy, and being “forced” to learn it. But this is just a cultural phenomenon, picked up from their peers. Do they feel the same way about Geography?
Dreoilín Ó Coigligh’s morning thoughts on the Irish language
Do you fancy watching a man smoke his pipe and discuss the cultural importance of learning the Irish language? Dreoilín shares his thoughts. [15 mins]
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