Translation Fail

Sign of Albain or Scotland

Cautioning on the perils of machine translation, especially when expectations surpass achievable results, Michael Bauer on his Dear Developer blog posts a letter he has written to the Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser following the latter’s suggestion that Scottish (Scottish Gaelic) be added to the list of languages available on Google Translate: “I’m sure that this is a well-intentioned idea but in my professional opinion, … Continue reading

Je Suis Gael

Je Suis Gael

In 1981 the “reverend” Ian Paisley MP MEP, founder and chief of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, the Democratic Unionist Party and several quasi-terrorist groupings (notably the Ulster Resistance), issued an infamous response to a speech by the Fianna Fáil leader Charles Haughey where he claimed on behalf of the British Unionist minority in … Continue reading

No Gaels, Queers, Dykes Or Trannies

Scary Eire

Is it just me or have you noticed that racists and homophobes tend to share the same political and ideological fixations? I mean, you rarely find a racist who is not a homophobe, or a homophobe who is not a racist. It seems that prejudicial views attract bigots like excrement attracts flies. The flies aren’t terribly concerned about the specific origin … Continue reading

The Irish Struggle

No Irish Need Apply

Twenty-eight years ago officials from the government of Ireland tasked with managing Dublin’s interests in the north-east of the country asked their British counterparts to address the long-standing need for full equality between Irish- and English-speakers in the UK-administrated region. From the BBC: “The efforts of the Irish Government under the Anglo-Irish Agreement to achieve greater recognition for … Continue reading

Girl Power Is Taken, Not Given

Members of the Cumann na mBan (CnamB), the womens' wing of the Irish Republican Army, armed with American-supplied M16 assault rifles, 1975

Sometimes, after glancing through news reports from around the world, I have to ask myself why one half of the human race is not secretly contemplating the extermination of the other half given the horrors the latter regularly and unremittingly inflicts on the former. Three articles from today’s British Independent newspaper may perhaps illustrate my point. First we … Continue reading

Three Irish Tales

Labhair Gaeilge

As Sinn Féin accuses the lacklustre Fine Gael-Labour Party coalition of abandoning key government demands during the recent talks between Ireland, Britain and regional parties in the north-east of the country, the BBC takes a look at one of the touchstone issues for northern nationalists and many others on this island nation: the Irish language. … Continue reading

The Gaelic Union

The Celtic Nations

A new website to strengthen ties between Gaelic-speaking communities in Ireland and Scotland, as well as encouraging cultural tourism by non-Gaels, has been launched in Inverness. From the Scotsman newspaper: “TurasG will build on the links between the Scottish Gaidhealtachd and Ireland’s Gaeltacht. World-renowned singer Julie Fowlis, fresh from the Scottish Music Awards, where she … Continue reading

Irish Language Positive And Negative

Gaeilge (Atari)

A couple of Irish-related tech stories, one good and one bad (or at least highly suspect). Firstly from the Irish Times: “Users of Google’s email client, Gmail, can now use the service in Irish following an extensive translation project undertaken by localisation teams and volunteer translators across the world. Familiar Gmail terms such as Inbox, Starred … Continue reading

Scottish Gaelic And Glasgow University

Sign of Albain or Scotland

The University of Glasgow or Oilthigh Ghlaschu is celebrating its historic links with the Scottish-speaking communities of Scotland thanks to a project called Sgeul na Gàidhlig aig Oilthigh Ghlaschu, as reported by the Scotsman newspaper: “ONE OF Scotland’s oldest universities has had a continuous presence of Gaelic speakers for more than 500 years, a new study has found. Researchers … Continue reading

North Korea Meets North Ireland

Northern Ireland

Defenders and apologists for the British colonial state in the north-east of Ireland claim that the artificial entity is now a Western-style democracy, regardless of its gerrymandered and totalitarian past. That may be so but the democratic culture found in “Northern Ireland” frequently reminds one more of North Korea than it does of the European Union or United States. From the BBC: “A … Continue reading

The Perfect Storm Of Irish Politics

Anti-democracy protesters from the British Unionist minority in Belfast, Ireland - "Democracy Doesn't Work"

Dara Kelly over on the Irish Central examining the continuing controversy stemming from the recent examples of British legacy racism in Ireland as displayed by politicians from the DUP grouping, the majority Unionist party in the north-east of the country and part of the regional power-sharing administration in Belfast: “The world had a sobering look … Continue reading

Irish Native Reservations

An Ceathrú Gaeltachta, Béal Feirste

Another great analysis from Diaga Language on the growing challenges facing the Irish-speaking population of Ireland, particularly as they relate to the slow destruction of the Gaeltachtaí. These are regions of the country officially recognised by various governments in the 1920s and ‘30s as majority Irish-speaking and pretty much ignored thereafter. The frequent jibe that … Continue reading

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    Nominated 2014: Best News, Current Affairs, Politics, Mobile Blog Categories; Best Blog Post

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