Sometimes we should remind ourselves of how much or a marginal language the Irish language is in Ireland. This all depends on your perspective. My overall view is highly positive: there’s a huge energy and spirit among Irish language speakers (read more below). It’s certainly not a “dead” or extinct language.
Irish Immersion Weekends play an important role in making the Irish language known to people who may want to learn more about it. They can take place all over the World, but most of them are organized in the United States, thanks to the strong connection between the two countries, and their people.
Being overwhelmed is probably the most common feeling when you consider learning to speak another language. If you’re reading this, you probably have great personal motivation already: to make a deep personal connection with your Irish heritage. It’s a way to express who you are inside. It’s giving a language to what you feel.
Time flies, and there’s not all that much time left in 2016. That can be a good thing. A challenge for you! The challenge is to find any type of Irish Gaelic teaching within travelling distance of you.