A Republic Of Equals

Photo of Mae Burke, Eithne Coyle and Linda Kearns, Irish Republican revolutionaries, standing on a British flag in an image taken shortly after they escaped from a British POW camp, Ireland 1921

There is an old saying in the history of Ireland that relates to the waves of immigration our island nation has witnessed, a saying that many Irish people take a quiet pride in. Describing the invaders, colonists and settlers that have made our country their home it is said that they became, Níos Gaelaí ná na Gaeil féin “More Irish than the … Continue reading

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Demand For Scottish Medium Education Outstrips Supply

From Glasgow’s Evening Times newspaper: “Christine and Iain Agnew are keen to support Scotland’s language and so sent son Archie to a Gaelic nursery school in Anniesland. But the four-year-old has now been denied a place at Glasgow Gaelic School. Christine, 39, said: “My son has been going to a Gaelic nursery for the past … Continue reading

Linguicism And Linguistic Imperialism

Thanks to @MisneachNYC for a heads-up on this video from Angelica Galante of Niagara College in Canada. It makes some interesting points.

Learn A Language In Six Months?

Since this is generating some internet buzz I thought I’d post it: How to learn any language in six months, Chris Lonsdale at TEDxLingnanUniversity. I’m always suspicious about “fast-track” learning. Most are gimmicks and as I know from experience learning a new language when in adulthood is as much about a person’s intuitive abilities as anything … Continue reading

The Ghettoization Of The Irish Language

That perennial red herring, the manner in which the official national language of the nation-state of Ireland is taught in its education system, is raised yet again in the Irish Times newspaper: “Why, with 13 or 14 years of instruction and learning in Irish, does research show standards continue to fall? A 2006 report by … Continue reading

The Not So Royal Gaels

Here is a story on the Scottish language (Scottish Gaelic) that has been rumbling away for the last couple of weeks in Nova Scotia (Albain Nua) but which has now erupted into a major row that is encompassing academics, language activists and politicians in the easternmost Canadian province. From the Globe and Mail: “In a controversy … Continue reading

Big Investment For Local Education Through Scottish Language

Some very good news for the Scottish-speaking community and citizens of Skye who are to see a substantial investment in local education by the government in Edinburgh. From the Scotsman newspaper: “Highland Council is to receive £3 million over two years to build a new Gaelic school in Portree, on the isle of Skye. Minister … Continue reading

The Anglophone Machine – The Systemic Failure To Teach Irish

The Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn has launched the Chief Inspector’s Report on quality and standards in primary and post-primary schools for 2010-12 and on the issue of Irish language teaching in the English-medium education system it makes for depressing reading. “How good is the teaching and learning of Irish in primary schools? … Continue reading

The English Disease, Or Anti-Gaelic Racism

Today saw the opening in Edinburgh of Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce, a new Scottish-medium primary school, in yet another sign of the resurgence of Scottish Gaelic as a community language in Scotland’s capital city. From STV: “Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce has 30 Gaelic speaking staff teaching 213 pupils – 53 of them who started school … Continue reading

Scottish Medium Education In Edinburgh

Some further news on Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce, the new Scottish medium school for Edinburgh, via the website Premier Construction News: “A new school dedicated to keeping Gaelic education alive is currently being built in Edinburgh. The £3.5 million scheme is currently being conducted on the site of the old Bonnington Primary School in Leith, … Continue reading

Second Scottish-Medium School For Glasgow

Big news for the Scottish-speaking community of Glasgow as the establishment of a second school teaching through the medium of the Scottish language is announced. From the BBC: “A second Gaelic school is to open in Glasgow to meet spiralling demand for bilingual education. The £800,000 facility, which will house up to 200 pupils, will be located … Continue reading

Foclóir, The New Online English-Irish Dictionary

After a long wait the first phase of the new online English-Irish dictionary, Foclóir, is now up and running. The current platform contains 30% of the planned content but this matches 80% of expected general English usage (though a number of my searches did draw a blank). As someone who works in the IT industry I have to say that I am seriously impressed … Continue reading

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