You’d think that speaking Irish in Ireland is something easy to do, but is that so? English is taking over all across Ireland and Irish speaking people are having a hard time to speak Irish on a daily basis. You might even say that being an Irish speaker in Ireland is just like climbing hills every day – it’s never easy.
Speaking Irish with Government services or other similar situations aren’t the easiest things to do in Ireland and it feels like Irish speakers are backed into a corner by the majority of English speaking people. The positive thing about this (yes, there is something positive) is that the Irish speaking community is pulling together, rather that splitting up into camps.
The situation is far from perfect so people are gathering and taking action to improve the status quo of the Irish language, at least in Ireland.
In this rebroadcast of the Bitesize Irish Gaelic podcast episode 26, Eoin talks with Síne Nic an Ailí who is a part of Conradh na Gaeilge and an organiser of Lá Mór na Gaeilge 2015 when over 10,000 people marched for language rights on the streets of Dublin. You’ll hear what it means to speak Irish on a daily basis and the difficulties you have when dealing with the authorities and speaking Irish Gaelic.
This is a re-run of the Bitesize Irish Gaelic podcast 26th episode in the English language.