An Ulster-Scots Quiz – I hae stairted sae I wull en..

Okay. I was wrong. I had thought that the long-term strategy of using Ulster Scots as a counter-balance to Irish was dead and buried when the February “agreement” between the DUP and Sinn Féin which promised an Ulster Scots Act as well as a (watered down) Irish language Act was rejected by the people who […]

Hitler, Sinn Féin and the association fallacy…

I recently wrote an article in the Irish language online newspaper tuairisc.ie about a false logic called Reductio ad Hitlerum. The term was first coined by the German-born Jewish political philosopher and classicist Leo Strauss in the 1950s – although versions of the phrase go back centuries depending on who the bête noire of the […]

Suibhne Geilt le tuirlingt sa Cheoláras Náisiúnta anocht

Tá Neil Martin iontach sásta leis féin – agus cad chuige nach mbeadh? Beidh an cumadóir Feirsteach ag stiúradh coirme de shaothar úr dá chuid  i gcomhair le Ceolfhoireann Shiansach Náisiúnta RTÉ sa Ceoláras Náisiúnta, sa phríomhchathair ar lá éarlamh na hÉireann, anocht, 17 Márta. Anuraidh, d’iarr RTÉ ar Neil saothar a chumadh do Lá […]

Heather Humphreys vs Irish Speakers

Sorry, but I don’t recognise the stereotype that “Minister for the Gaeltacht” Heather Humphreys dragged up from the depths of her ignorance when she  “warned against fluent Irish speakers lecturing others who lack proficiency.” At the weekend, I judged the Feis at Carn Tóchair in Co Derry where for the past six years I have […]

The secrets of Leuven’s Irish connection

This is the English version of the last Irish language blog, Cuairt ar Leuven.   Monday night (23 March 2015) saw a great programme go out on BBC2 NI in which I learned an awful lot about the important role played by a Belgian town in the history of the Irish language. It was the second […]

Aontas na Scríbhneoirí Gaeilge

Cuireadh sibh lá ar leataobh sa dialann don chéad chruinniú d’Aontas na Scríbhneoirí Gaeilge. Beidh an teacht le chéile ar siúl in Áras na Scríbhneoirí, Cearnóg Pharnell, Dé Sathairn 17 Eanáir 2015, idir 10.30rn-3.30in le plean oibre a leagan amach, coiste stiúrtha a thoghadh agus bonn ceart a chur faoin eagraíocht, rátaí ballraíochta san áireamh. […]

Seirbhís úr nuachta ó RTÉ

Seo an preasráiteas a chuir RTÉ amach faoin tseirbhís úr nuachta Gaeilge:   Amárach, cuirfear tús le ré nua i gcúrsaí nuachta in RTÉ, le seirbhís chuimsitheach nuachta ar-líne i nGaeilge den chéad uair, agus atheagar ar an nuacht Ghaeilge ar an raidió a fhágfaidh gur ó RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta i gCasla i gcroílár na […]

Eastern European Gaels

Danilea Pukite (Latvia), Santa Berzina (Latvia), Arnas Paulauskas (Lithuania), Domantas Kiausis (Lithuania), Eva Varaniviciute (Lithuanian), Gabi Chmielewska (Poland), Wiktoria Wictorowicz (Poland), Anthony Dimitrov. (Bulgaria) With Ruairí Quinn giving himself sleepless nights about “restrictive practices at some all-Irish schools, which are prohibiting some pupils from entry”, this little story from Gael Linn adds a little context […]