Bitesize Irish relocating to UK for linguistic freedom

April 1st 2019 – London, England. I write to you with this important news: that Bitesize Irish has relocated to London (just opposite the Oliver Cromwell statue in Westminster, to be specific).

This might be massive news for you, as a person who values the Irish language, so let me try to explain why we took this drastic decision.

View over the garden wall form our new home in London.

As many English people do not know, their sovereign country is called the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The UK offers freedoms to us that we could only imagine back in Ireland. We’ll benefit from:

  • No longer being embarrassed to speak the Irish language in public, instead being greeted by curiosity of a different culture
  • No longer seeing our native language of Irish in small italics next to the dominant English language
  • No longer being asked “But why would you want to learn Irish?”
  • Escaping from the establishment of Ireland which emphatically keeps a foot down on the Irish language, including main-stream RTÉ programming, and Fine Gael / Fianna Fáil political party biases that are killing the Gaeltachts. As Kneecap from the UK bastion of Belfast have told us to, Foc RTÉ.
  • Joining the UK which is rich in multi-cultural post-Celtic culture from the Irish language in Belfast, Scots Gàidhlig, Welsh and Cornish. It’s a more multi-cultural Celtic nation than Ireland can offer us.
  • Super easy UK passport application process, since there are currently no queues in this process. The fools queuing up for an Irish passport!
Man painting British border between Newry and Dundalk in Ireland.

We savour the principles put forward by Brexit, including you don’t need permission from anyone else to follow your passion.

Ticket office where we bought our Pedal Boat tickets to the UK.

I bring you this news as it may directly affect you if you are a Bitesize Irish member. We should now probably call you a Bitesize British member from now on. Rather than accepting payments in Euro and Dollar, we’ll in the future accept payment of one whisky bottle per month. (The only catch with that is the customs border at the British border in Ireland, we may have to review this policy)

Priests drinking at TedFest
Our going-away party in Limerick. Sad times.

What does the future hold for Bitesize Irish? Funnily enough, it will probably be back to the European Union with us. Our two options for future relocation will be:

  • To move to independent Scotland. Scotland is welcoming of many nations, and offers an intriguing bridge to Viking heritage. By the looks of things, they’ll be an independent Celtic nation before we manage to change our logo to “Bitesize British”.
  • Or move back to united Ireland. This country will offer strong human rights for minority movements, probably elevating the rights of Irish language speakers and British Protestants, who will hold voting sway in the new federal republic. I think that’s why Unionists are so called in today’s Northern Ireland, I could be mistaken.
  • … But we probably don’t see our future in the upcoming United Kingdom of England and Wales. The Anglo Saxons have been slightly bothersome in the long run for the Irish language.

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54 thoughts on “Bitesize Irish relocating to UK for linguistic freedom”

    1. I was aghast. The Oliver Cromwell statue was a very nice touch. And to be fair to us, we have in recent times had to believe at least six impossible things before breakfast on a regular basis. You had me until the pay-by-whiskey option . . .

    1. Fantastic! Well played my friends, well played!
      Best April’s Fool joke yet. BTW, while I was thinking, WTF?, the payment of whiskey 🥃 confirmed, it’s April 1!

  1. Yep, I fell for it (at first). Once I started reading, it became clear just what this was. Well played! 😀

  2. Heather Rushing

    Ahahaha! You almost had me until you said you would be changing the name to Bitesize British. Then I remembered, Oh, yeah it’s April fool’s day!
    I’m afraid my truth is that I don’t get to do much with learning Irish but I enjoy getting these emails.

  3. If that wasn’t the best April fools joke I have ever seen. You guys are awesome. I was heart broken as I was reading it. “Óró, ‘sé do bheatha ‘bhaile” Bite Size Irish!
    Maisy

  4. Séamus Donnelly

    Fair play lads, best o British luck to youse. I hear the streets are paved with Marmite. Or somethin similarly divisive yet ‘peculiarly British’

    Go n-éirí an bóthar leibh!

  5. S*it. you had me going there for a moment. Though any thing is possible in the uk right now. This is as rediculous as to what is happening in the circus at westminster at this point.

    1. Hefina Phillips

      Phew! I fell for it hook, line and sinker. Well done y’all.
      Da iawn. Ebrill y cynta’ hapus i bawb.🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿
      Hefina

  6. It was the photo of the Byzantine-looking priest that caught my eye and made me slow down and read the rest of it with proper attention. Who is he? Is he a Gaeilgeoir?

  7. Maith sibh ana ghreannmhar ar fad!! Bhí mé ag eirí crosta agus mé á léamh!!!! Is é an rud faoi KneeCap a thug dom é sa deireadh!

    Le meas
    Sinead

  8. Denise Hartigan

    Opposite the Oliver Cromwell Statue! That was too much! Well written, happy April fools day to you too!

  9. Sally Andrews

    Ha Ha Ha – happy April fools day – when it got to 12 midday I thought great I haven’t been “had” – how wrong I was, I just hadn’t read it yet!!! 😀

  10. Is this move to the UK for real? Or is it a sooof being played on us by someone outside the organization?

  11. That was more than Bitesize fun!
    Paddle boat!😄
    Whiskey!😁
    Cromwell!😬
    Great April Fool’s joke! Thanks!💞

  12. Colleen Sheehan

    Oh well played! The Cromwell bit gave me a (confused) pause but so clever! And a good reminder to get back to my Irish practice.

    1. WestAussieChris

      What great spirit you showed here, Bitesize! I’m in Australia and have just found your site tonight. You had me until the memorable ticket van at Mountshannon appeared in full colour on my screen and you bought your paddleboat tickets! Were you sold your tickets by the ferryman’s two little entrepreneurial grandsons? I fear I am about to become addicted to your site, but at the very least it should help me to augment my mere half-dozen words of the Gaeilge.

  13. Catherine Landers Sessler

    A perfect example of the Irish humor and wit! Well played, intelligent, timely and hilarious. Thank you from your friend in New York State.

  14. Ian Scott Gordon

    WELL DONE !! I totally bought it !!
    I only joined and paid Sunday night (31 March), so I was basically planning to download everything, and then pull the plug. Good thing I went ahead and read through the comments. Very nicely done.
    I obviously was suffering from a catastrophic, near terminal, case of the “oblives” – obliviousness. (Sigh)
    All the best, Scott

    1. Lovely to have you as a new member of Bitesize IRISH 🙂 Keep an eye out over the coming months, as we work towards making our program a private community.

  15. Well done all… although sitting here in the US, I wish someone would tell me that the brexit news is an April fool. Like the idea of paying in whiskey, but making change will be difficult.

  16. Hardy har har! You got me confused until I read there was a super easy passport process—that’s never easy in any country. Good job!!

  17. Ha ha! I almost fell for it! Not being a Brit nor an Irish woman, but alas, a fair colonial from the far flung Australia, it took me a moment to see the Brexit joke…I raise me pint to you!

  18. Dia daoibh. Tá mé ag foglaim Gaeilge (Ulster dialect) agus is breá liom é. I’m late to the party and I nearly choked when I read this but copped on at the whiskey comment. Peo! Grma – Bitesize Irish is a great resource!

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