Does Lá Fhéile Pádraig renew interest in the Irish language?

Niamh Collins 14.03.2018

St. Patrick's Day has come for another year; and yes our pockets will be a little lighter but surely our Irish pride is at an all time high. The Irish are known to celebrate but this time the world joins in with us!

First generation Irish celebrate with people whose Irish connection is through their great grandmother’s second cousin's husband, and others who have no Irish connection at all

The fountain in the White House, the Egyptian Pyramids and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are some of the world’s most famous landmarks that turn green and get behind our small Emerald Isle. Surely if the world can get behind the Irish, we can get behind our native language?

I read an article, 'Is the Irish Language Dead? A British Perspective', designed to provoke strong emotion on the subject and that it did. After reading it I felt like cracking out my Irish Oral Leaving Certificate tape and immersing myself in all things Irish.

Millions of euros are pumped in annually to a range of Irish language education quangos yet the question is all too commonly posed: 'what is the future of the language, a slow death or a miraculous revival?'. I don’t think for a second that by getting behind our language we are going to make Irish our first tongue but I do think it will help restore the Irish pride.

We shouldn’t only celebrate being Irish once a year; with our rich heritage and language there are many reasons to celebrate

Are the British right, is the need for the Irish language dead? Or are we going to do something about it?

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