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Cead mile failte — 12 Comments

  1. Nice one SID.

    And I managed to fix your HTML! Maybe it’s time I resurrected S.H.I.T.?

  2. I never agreed with Dev’s grandson’s methods of promoting our language and once again his department has proposed using force to achieve its (his) aims. I blogged about this before and got some constructive criticism* on my views. But I still believe force, even if not seen as such by some, is not the way forward.

    *Constructive criticism from one guy – the other just rode on his coattails.

  3. I missed that post of yours somehow. It must have been when I was away?

    Speaking as one who was educated in “enlightened” times when Irish was compulsory [a classmate got honours in all subjects in his Intermediate but failed the exam because he failed Irish!], I strongly disagree with the concept of enforcement. The majority attitude in my school was one of “I can’t wait to finish school so I can forget about this damn language”.

    Irish is a beautiful language. I don’t deny that, and would hate to see it become extinct except in the realms if academe. However, enforcement is the wrong way to go.

    I have often made the argument that the best way forward is to ban the language. Make it illegal. That way, there would be national outrage, and people would deliberately set out to learn it out of a sense of rebellion.

  4. The best way to promote the Irish language is to compel people to spend a day on the DART listening to OMG D4 and DART women’s voices. Gerry Adams as Gaeilge would sound attractive afterwards.

  5. Ah, it was hard enough spending a year and a half getting to grips with all those sheep, the narrow lanes, that nonsense about leprechauns and pookahs, never mind dealing with things like the Gaeltach and realising that Seán Óg Ó hAilpín was a sportsman and not a curse and that hurling was a sport not something you did after too many jars of the dark stuff. Please god, don’t let them what thinks they know make it any more confusing for the rest of us that don’t know.

  6. Do you mean Seán Óg Ó hAilpín is not a curse?

    Please god, don’t let them what thinks they know make it any more confusing for the rest of us that don’t know.” should be re-written –

    Please god, don’t let them what thinks they know make it any more confusing for the rest of us that do know.

    From now on, that shall be my morning mantra.

    [The mantra wishing for man-boobs to play with never worked anyway]

  7. Seán Óg O hAilpín is a curse! The Sneeze’s present squeeze ignores me completely when the feker is on TV.

  8. That in itself is an argument against the Irish Language. At least I haven’t seen Seán Bán in a long time.

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