Here in Ireland a virulent minority of the population, anglophone supremacists and other Neo-Unionist remnants of the former British colony on this island, would dearly love to see our nation’s indigenous language and culture obliterated from the landscape. This campaign of hatred against all things Irish manifests itself in many ways, not least in the names we give to the features of our own country. Not for us the actual, genuine names of places – no instead we prefer crude, anglicised bastardisations. Mongrel names to suit the prejudices of a mongrel minority.
How many other ex-colonies would have the ex-colonised defacing signs with the names of their own towns in their own language with those versions imposed by their former colonial masters? Slaves aping the manners and customs of the slave masters. Pathetic.
However not everyone follows the same path as us. The Welsh don’t. The Basques and Catalans certainly don’t. In Belgium they treasures their languages, and the ancient names of their communities and fight to protect them. And now even our fellow Gaels in Scotland are following suit, as reported by The Deadline:
“GAELIC road signs are to appear on routes across the country under new plans being drawn up by the Scottish Government.
Dual-language signs for towns and cities, including Edinburgh and Glasgow, will feature on motorways and dual-carriageways under new proposals published by Scotland’s national Gaelic agency – Bord na Gaidhlig – this week.
Campaigners hope the signs will help boost tourism and make people feel comfortable about learning Gaelic.
Gaelic language signs have appeared on roads in the Highlands for years, despite concerns they could confuse motorists.
John Angus MacKay, chief executive of Bord na Gaidhlig, said: “We want Gaelic to be more visible in Scotland to normalise it in Scottish life for those learning it. We want the next generation of children to feel comfortable about being bilingual in a Scotland that visibly recognises the importance of that element of Scotland’s identity.
“To do that, road signs and other things are important…”
MacKay said tourists would like to experience living with a minority language, and greater steps should be taken by VisitScotland, to promote Gaelic in its promotional materials.
The Scottish language has been in decline for decades, but the rate has slowed in recent years with many parents choosing to educate their children at Gaelic-medium schools.
Numbers of pupils at Gaelic schools is at a record high in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness.
Many parents have been attracted by evidence of higher rates of attainment in Gaelic-medium units. Bilingualism has been found to help cognitive development, especially among children who can then pick up a third and fourth language more easily.”
I wonder are those Anglicised-Irish bigots down in the tourist-resort of Daingean Uí Chúis, sorry, Dingle listening? Probably not. They’re too busy pissing all over their own identity.
Talking of which here is a related story on TheJournal. It is an opinion piece pointing out the desperate need for monolingual Irish language and genuinely bilingual public road signs in Ireland. A matter of basic equality as well as constitutionality. Read the Comments section. It represents but the latest manifestation of the bigoted slander and abuse one has come to expect as the norm from Anglophone racists in Ireland.
To say that most of it borders on “hate-speech” is to put it mildly. Do these people, these English speaking, English reading, English thinking individuals even see themselves as Irish?