Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Wes's Words

coguasach adj
- velar
as in...
Fuaimnítear consan coguasach i gcúl an bhéil.
One pronounces a velar consonant in the back of the mouth.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Members furious as language board is scrapped

(Oct 30, 2007)
"News that the functions of the Irish Language Books Board (Bord na Leabhar Gaeilge) are to be transferred to Foras na Gaeilge was contained in a press release issued by the minister's office on Friday afternoon....But there had been no prior consultation with board members about the move and several of them only heard of it later on Friday in Irish language media reports."

Friday, October 26, 2007

Cognitive dissonance

Seen in Dinkytown, near the U of M:

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Foras na Gaeilge Announces Second Annual ‘GLEO’ Schools Scheme

(Oct 24, 2007)

"Foras na Gaeilge called on schools across County Waterford to prove their ‘Grá don Gaeilge’. With the announcement of the second annual ‘Gleo’ schools scheme, Foras na Gaeilge reminds schools that Irish is not just for the classroom!"

Westport set for Oireachtas hurling tournament

(Oct 24, 2007)

"Westport GAA Club is all set to host one of the GAA's national hurling tournaments as part of the Oireachtas na Samhna Festival. Six GAA clubs from all over the country will be travelling to the town for the event which will be played out at St Patrick’s GAA Park on the Newport Road."

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Accommodation scarce as Oireachtas countdown begins

(Oct 23, 2007)

"The organisers of the biggest cultural festival of the year, Oireachtas na Samhna, have appealed for all accommodation providers in the Westport area to contact them if they have any spare rooms."
"Founded by Conradh na Gaeilge in 1897, An tOireachtas is Ireland’s longest running annual festival and is a celebration of Irish language and culture. The festival presents a mixture of song, music, dance, literature and story-telling, and there are also events and competitions for people of all ages and abilities to indulge themselves. This will be the first ever time the national event has been held in Westport."

Gaelgeoir group to start new Gaeltacht near city

(Oct 22, 2007)

"A group of gaelgeoiri plan to develop an Irish-speaking community within commuting distance of Dublin."

New Irish-speaking areas to be formed?

And related to the previous post....
(Oct 19, 2007)
...directing interested readers to visit

€1m fund for Irish filmmakers launched

(Oct 22, 2007)

"The film board said today: 'The new short film schemes will aim to invest in new talent by providing opportunities for filmmakers to develop skills in live action filmmaking, documentary, animation and digital technology.
"'All schemes are open to the films in the Irish language and hope to stimulate new original ideas and build on the success of Irish language filmmaking to date.'"

Human Rights Commission enters Irish language row

(Oct 18, 2007)

"The Human Rights Commission was tonight drawn into the Assembly row over the Irish language."

Irish language decline is continuing in Mayo

(Oct 17, 2007)

"The number of Irish speakers in Mayo continues to decline, according to the latest information from the Central Statistics Office."

The Irish Question

(Oct 19, 2007)

"On paper, it reads like every schoolgirl's nightmare -- being cooped up in a remote boarding school where boys aren't allowed and everybody is compelled to speak Irish.
"Yet Colaiste Ide in Dingle, Ireland's only all-Irish, all-girl, seven-day boarding school, is practically turning pupils away. The Co Kerry school has only a handful of places left for its forthcoming academic year -- having been booked out for the past four years."

Feelgood factor at a high as new Irish language school opens

(Oct 9, 2007)

"Children attending a Naiscoil in Glengormley can now continue their education in the Irish medium sector with the opening of St Enda's Gaelscoil."

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Ó Cuív urges move on NI language act

WHOA. Sorry, folks. My time's not always my own lately. I'm pretty sure I've missed a fair amount of news but let's just pick up what we can....
Ó Cuív urges move on NI language act (Oct 18, 2007)

"A compromise must be found on the Irish language in Northern Ireland, Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Éamon Ó Cuív has said.
"Northern Ireland Culture Minister Edwin Poots decided this week against introducing an Irish Language Act - even though it is enshrined in last year's St Andrew's Agreement.
"Sixty-five per cent of people who participated in a public consultation process supported the legislation, but Mr Poots claimed it would prove too divisive and expensive to introduce."

Brush up on your Gaeilge, EU warns Government

(Oct 13, 2007)

"The European Commission has told the Government it needs to brush up on its Irish grammar or risk undermining the use of Gaeilge as an official EU language."

Irish language law row brewing

(Oct 16, 2007)

"Stormont Minister Edwin Poots was facing a major row today as he prepared to announce his intention of scrapping proposed Irish language legislation."

Irish language and culture is thriving in Omagh area

(Oct 18, 2007)

"The importance of strong cultural identity and was emphasised in Omagh District Council last week as bursaries aimed at promoting proficiency in the Irish language were presented."

Dingle pupils protest against Irish language policy

(Oct 15, 2007)

"Up to 60 pupils have reportedly mounted a protest outside a school in Co Kerry where a controversial decision has been made to teach all classes through Irish."

Crisis in Irish secondary education

(Oct 19, 2007)

"The closing of the Meánscoil site should make us focus on the weaknesses in Gaelscolaíocht in Derry. Why are the numbers of pupils receiving secondary education through Irish so low?"

Waterford: Classes to commence at first Polish School

Nice to see the cousins being taken care of:

"The first ever Polish school in the South East will begin classes in St. Paul’s Community College this week.
“'We are happy to be able to facilitate this venture and wish the teachers and pupils every success,' stated Anthony Condron, Principal, St. Paul’s Community College.
"The school, which will cater for more then 100 students, will operate every Saturday from 8am - 5pm.
"The students, who are aged from 7 - 15 years will be divided into individual classes and receive three hours tuition in Polish and the history of their native country.
"The school will be fully funded by the Polish government and aims to provide a Polish curriculum for the children of Polish immigrants living within a 40-mile radius of Waterford.
"It is anticipated that many of children will return to their native country in the future, which is the reasoning behind the school."

Editorial: Poots’ day of shame

(Oct 21, 2007)
"It's a long journey and all of it downward from the smiles and sweet sentiments of 8 May 2007 when Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley were sworn into office as powersharing partners and the scowls and sneers of 16 October of the same year when DUP Culture Minister Edwin Poots strangled at birth the Irish Language Act."

Monday, October 15, 2007

Another Irish Blog

Good to see another blog in the Irish Language


Friday, October 5, 2007

Language goes from strength to strength

(Oct 5, 2007)
"Education Minister Caitríona Ruane has launched Ó Neart go Neart (From Strength to Strength) ­– the new website of Irish medium schools body, Iontaobhas na Gaelscolaíochta (I na G)."

3,200 children in North attend Irish-medium education

(Oct 4, 2007)

"'Nine children, one teacher and a dilapidated portacabin...' The above is how one Irish language enthusiast described the foundations of Irish Medium Education in the six counties. Today we are glad to see over 3,200 children attending Irish-medium education in the six counties."

Thursday, October 4, 2007

The Irish language in the Sperrins

(Oct 4, 2007)

"Peadar Joe Haughey's cottage in Creggan recently came alive again to the sound of traditional music and a comprehensive lecture on the native speakers of the Sperrins in the 20th century and relevant information as to the rise and fall of the language in the area."

MLA 'tired of listening to Irish'

(Oct 4, 2007)

"An Ulster Unionist assembly member has said he is tired of listening to Stormont ministers speaking in Irish."

Gaelic tongue slipping despite Irish drive

...and related stories from today:

Gaelic tongue slipping despite Irish drive

"The number of Irish people who claim to speak Gaelic is still slipping despite a major drive to revive the traditional language, according to figures released Thursday."

Use of spoken Irish declines - CSO

"The number of people able to speak Irish has shown a slight decline since 2002, according to census figures published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) today."

Irish speakers top 1.6 million

"More than 1.6 million people claim to be able to speak Irish but most of them never use it, new research revealed today."

Most who can - don't talk Irish

"The majority of Irish people who can speak Irish do not use it on a daily basis."

Programme for Hyde Conference launched

(Oct 3, 2007)

"The conference, co-directed by Alan Titley, author and Professor of Modern Irish at University College Cork, focuses on Hydeís recognition of the Irish language as a living language expressed through literature and folklore and seeks to promote the practice and appreciation of the contemporary Irish language."

Carlow: Large scale support for bilingual campaign

(Oct 4, 2007)

"Enthusiastic support for the Glór na nGael campaign to gain Bilingual Town Status for Carlow was recorded at the open meeting held in the Carlow Talbot Hotel on Thursday last."

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Irish Language Scheme To Be Launched On Monday

(Oct 3, 2007)

"Clare Local Authorities has prepared a new Irish Language Scheme, in accordance with section 11 of the Official Languages Act 2003."

Letters: Disputing facts about the Irish language

(Oct 3, 2007)

"As two young members of the substantial Irish speaking community living and working on the Notre Dame campus, we have been left with no choice but to take issue with Sarah Falvey's letter ('Irish language a relic of the past,' Oct. 1). She must first be congratulated on having succeeded in fitting such a vast amount of misinformation into such a short piece."

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Non-Irish speakers 'paying the price'

(Oct 2, 2007)

"A row has erupted because the parents of English-speaking children must pay for 11-plus practice papers – while Irish speakers get them for free."

Health Minister ends Irish translation

With thanks to Kyle for pointing it out:
Minister ends Irish translation (Oct 1, 2007)

"Health Minister Michael McGimpsey has ended the automatic translation of advertisements and press releases from his department into the Irish language."

Letters: Irish language 'glue' for our new nation

(Oct 1, 2007)