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Putting The Éire In Ireland

For the last four or five years of An Sionnach Fionn I have been promoting the potential benefits of “language tourism” for Ireland’s economy. The indigenous culture of this island nation represents a largely untapped … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · 16 Comments

A Republic Of Equals

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 … Continue reading

September 6, 2014 · 27 Comments

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 … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

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.

May 14, 2014

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 … Continue reading

March 12, 2014 · 5 Comments

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 … Continue reading

January 28, 2014 · 11 Comments

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 … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · 2 Comments

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 … Continue reading

December 17, 2013 · 3 Comments

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 … Continue reading

November 4, 2013 · 8 Comments

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 … Continue reading

September 25, 2013 · 10 Comments

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 … Continue reading

June 7, 2013 · 2 Comments

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 … Continue reading

February 7, 2013 · 1 Comment

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 … Continue reading

January 22, 2013 · 5 Comments


Two stories highlighting good news for our fellow Gaels in Scotland as the declining population of Scottish speakers begins to stabilise and we start to see signs of a small … Continue reading

June 29, 2012 · 2 Comments

Ulster-Scots – Full Marks For Invention

The Belfast Telegraph has got into the polling gimmick in a big way recently (blame it’s “sister” paper, the Oirish Independent, which positively thrives on them). The results have been … Continue reading

June 15, 2012 · 16 Comments

Minding Your Language In Derry

A new survey of local secondary students by Derry City Council has found a fair degree of both use and support amongst pupils from both communities for the Irish language while providing scant evidence for the existence of the so-called Scots-Ulster … Continue reading

May 19, 2012 · 6 Comments

Gaelic North America

I’ve discussed the popularity of the Irish language in North America before but it’s not the only Gaelic tongue enjoying a renaissance there. In Canada they take their Gaelic heritage, Irish and Scottish, very seriously … Continue reading

May 3, 2012

Scotland Moves Forward – While Ireland Goes Into Reverse

In Ireland a significant number of government departments and other public bodies, along with many public officials, have spent much of the last decade actively opposing the nation’s Official Languages … Continue reading

April 30, 2012 · 15 Comments

Words Of Wisdom

Just a quick post to note and recommend the wonderful, informative and always entertaining Irish Blog at Transparent Language. Its idiosyncratic nature is its joy. There are more Irish language online resources here and here. … Continue reading

April 27, 2012

Speak English! Or Else…

On Tuesday I discussed the slow but steady linguistic change currently taking place in Wales, with increasing numbers of Welsh people returning to their native language, largely due to a … Continue reading

April 12, 2012 · 13 Comments

A Pluralist Ireland? Does That Include The 1.7 Million Irish-Speakers?

A new report on the administration of primary schools in Ireland and the teaching of religious studies has been published by the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector, a state advisory group on education. Among … Continue reading

April 10, 2012 · 4 Comments

The Empire Strike Back!

The results from the 2011 Census of Ireland published last week revealed continued growth in the Irish-speaking communities of the nation and the raised social standing and acceptance of our indigenous language and culture. 1,777,437 … Continue reading

April 5, 2012

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