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The Irish Language - Dead or Alive?

PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2004 3:25 pm
by Roibeard Óg
I personally belive that the Irish language (Gaeilge) is very much alive. As long as the people who can speak Irish, speak it when possible!

Síleamsa go pearsanta go bhfuil an Ghaeilge beo (go hiomlán). A fhád is go labhaireann na Gaeilgóirí Gaeilge nuair is féidir leo!

Le Beannacht,
Roibeard Óg

PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2004 3:31 pm
by nessieq
i voted for yes, it's very much alive, but not as much as it deserves to be. it's thanks to people like moya that it's still around and i just hope it'll continue well into the future and not belost.
nq.

Gaeilge

PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2004 3:33 pm
by Roibeard Óg
Irish should be helped out as much as possible as it used to be the main language in Ireland and around the coasts of England, Scotland and Wales!

PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2004 3:35 pm
by nessieq
my point exatly, but it's dying out, sad as the fact may be. i just really hope that the future generations can take it with them and it won't dye out, as it has in so many places.
nq.

good point

PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2004 3:37 pm
by Roibeard Óg
u have a good point there. I am very curious about how Irish became so strong in Belfast, and Derry (Two of the most affected places in Ireland over war) and died out in other placces - even Dublin is loosing the Irish!

Re: good point

PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2004 3:42 pm
by nessieq
Roibeard Óg wrote:u have a good point there. I am very curious about how Irish became so strong in Belfast, and Derry (Two of the most affected places in Ireland over war) and died out in other placces - even Dublin is loosing the Irish!


You have to remember that it's strong in certain parts and not so strong in others. i HATE the way the language is now used as a symbol of religious background- that some sectarian idiots seem to think that if you speak irish it makes you catholic or if you don't like it you're automaticaly protestant. it does my HEAD in and i think it's really sad that such a huge part of our cultural background is used as a weapon in a war that no one remembers the cause of.
nq.

gd

PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2004 3:47 pm
by Roibeard Óg
u have a brilliant point there - i agree 100%

PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2004 3:54 pm
by nessieq
thanks! if only more people could SEE that, eh, Roibeard?
nq.

PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2004 10:00 pm
by SimonCraig16490
Ta!

but it shouldn't be...

:-p

PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2004 10:02 pm
by Roibeard Óg
I no! Gta try n do sumthin about it! I teach an Irish class 4 beginners 2 Cumann Chluain Árd

http://www.cumann.co.nr

PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2004 10:22 pm
by nessieq
that's great, Roibeard! good for you!
nq.

Irish

PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2004 7:08 am
by cantilena91
It's nice to see Irish Gaelic being used actively in music, but it is saddening to know that many are not speaking it as their native language or are not bilingual Irish-English. I think that Irish is compulsory at some schools of Ireland (correct me if I'm wrong), which is a good thing indeed!

Suvi

PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2004 10:55 am
by Beli Mawr
If you ask me the Gaelic language isn't dying at all, more and more bands are promoting the Gaelic language (even in metalmusic the Gaelic language is used, bands like Cruachan, Belinus, Primordial, Bran Barr,...) and Celtic folk is popular nowdays, even bands that are not from Ireland are singing songs in Gaelic. But its a bloody shame that the EU doesn't recognise the Gaelic language as an official language. There are more people speaking Gaelic than there are people speaking Dutch (my language).

PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2004 11:52 am
by mise
Beli Mawr wrote:There are more people speaking Gaelic than there are people speaking Dutch (my language).

I doubt that very much... There are unfortunately not that many people that really speak Irish. If only there were what 17, 5??? milion people speaking Irish. Nobody would say the language was dying then...

And then Dutch is a nice language too!

All...

PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2004 1:47 pm
by Roibeard Óg
You all have very good strong points. I speak Irish and whenever there are Irish speakers I will speak Irish to them. I love my language. I live in Belfast. We have 21 Irish Medium primary schools and nursey schools.

Everyone should be proud of any and every language they speak!