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Grrrr. In today's Grauniad, Manchán Magan (whom I have interviewed, and who is extremely nice) writes about his attempt to travel around our native land speaking only as Gaeilge, to the general confusion and, surprisingly, wrath of his (and my) compatriots. No, this isn't what has provoked my growling. What annoyed me was the subhead, in which, despite the fact that Magan refers to the language as 'Irish' throughout the piece, our supposed native language is refered to thus:
Gaelic is the first official language of Ireland, with 25% of the population claiming to speak it. But can that true? To put it to the test, Manchán Magan set off round the country with one self-imposed handicap - to never utter a word of English

Except of course Gaelic isn't the first official language - Irish is. God! I know that lots of people in Britain think that the language is called Gaelic, but they're not going to learn anything by being given inaccurate information.

Interesting piece, though. I was surprised by how hostile people apparently were to Magan's Irish-speaking - it seems very odd that people would get so aggressive when asked for a drink as Gaeilge, and I don't really think it's becasue they're so ashamed of their lack of Irish. But I have no idea whether these reactions are typical or not, as, like most of us, I've never spoken Irish to strangers outside of the Gaeltacht.

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hfnuala
Jan. 5th, 2007 11:23 am (UTC)
Re: Grrrr
I think I would manage after a bit - in a couple of days I'd be fine. But living in English-speaking Ireland still keeps up your vocab because the Irish is there round you all the time - I occasionally try and say something to my mum in Irish and blank after 2 words because while I know the structure of what I'm trying to say I'll be remembering french words instead. Very frustrating.

My Dad's Irish is very good. He went along to a Gaelscol for some reason or other a while ago and came back complaing about the poor quality Irish the teachers spoke.

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