Sunday, September 28, 2008

News through an 28ú lá Mí Mheán Fómhair

Filming has wrapped on the short film 'Douglas' Hide' (Sept 25, 2008)

...“The Irish language short was awarded funding from the Filmbase/TG4 LASAIR scheme.”

Seoda: A new series of films from the Irish Film Archive to air on TG4 (Sept 25, 2008)

...“The eleven films in the series cover a broad range of topics including emigration; politics; personal saving; TB; diphtheria; architecture. The programme themes are deeply rooted in Irish culture, heritage and experience and many are presented here as Gaeilge.”

Irish Language Pupils Commended (Sept 26, 2008)

“NI Education Minister Caitríona Ruane has presented six Irish language students with their ASDAN bronze awards at Gaelscoil Uí Neill in Coalisland. The past pupils of the Gaelscoil were awarded their certificate for researching their genealogy and local history with a local specialist who visited their school every week.”

Tenth anniversary celebrations at Gaelscoil Eadain Mhoir (Sept 26 2008)

“Gaelscoil Eadain Mhoir celebrated ten years of Irish Medium education yesterday.”
...“Robbie’s infatuation with the Irish language first started when, as a young adult, he became involved with the Irish community in London.”

Short List for Irish Language Book Awards Announced (Sept 26, 2008)

“Attention was focused on the development and the high standards of Irish language publishing in Ireland yesterday when Sinéad Crowley, Arts and Culture Correspondent for RTÉ announced the shortlist for Gradaim Leabhair na Bliana (The Irish language Book of the Year Awards) and Gradam Réics Carlo (Irish language book of the year for young people).”

Ó Cuív allocates EUR 86,690 to evaluate and develop language therapy services through Irish (Sept 26, 2008)

“Éamon Ó Cuív, T.D., Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, has today announced a grant totalling EUR 86,690 over a period of three years to Cumas Teo. to undertake a project to evaluate and develop language therapy services through Irish in the Conamara Gaeltacht.”

Kerryman Pádraig Mac Fheargusa wins Conradh na Gaeilge presidency (Sept 28, 2008)

“Pádraig Mac Fhearghusa of Conradh na Gaeilge’s Tralee branch has won the 2008 – 2009 Presidency at the organisation’s Ard-Fheis in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee, Co. Kerry today, 27 September 2008. He beat rival candidate Tomás Mac Ruairí from the Bréanainn branch.”

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Well, it's fine for a horse-lover

I’m amused by how I can misread titles:
Fine for horse-lover who 'gave poteen to his nag' (March 2, 2007)

“It’s a well-known fact that strong liquor can take warts off a mule but a court was told yesterday it can also soothe the muscles of sickly stallions.
“A horse-owner caught with two bottles of poteen claimed they were strictly for veterinarian purposes as his beloved stallion was feeling poorly.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

News through an 25ú lá Mí Mheán Fómhair

Minister backs languages strategy (Sept 23, 2008)

“The culture minister has urged people to accept that a ‘languages strategy’, and not an Irish language act, is the best way forward.”

Irish language doctors to host a conference on ageing (Sept 23, 2008)

“A group of doctors who hold frequent meetings through the medium of the Irish language are to stage their autumn gathering on Saturday, September 27 in St John of God’s Hospital in Stillorgan, Co Dublin.”

Review: Beal Tuinne (Sept 23, 2008)

“All the songs on the majestic, gentle and gorgeous Beal Tuinne (which translates as ‘mouth of the wave’ but refers to the bow wave of a boat) are based on poems in Irish by late west Kerry poet and teacher Kevin Kennedy, and the music which sympathetically brings them to life is by the great composer Shaun Davey (Brendan Voyage), performed by an inspired gathering of West Kerry traditional musicians and singers in one of Ireland’s true beauty spots.
“Everything is in Irish, so if you’re feeling lost you can check out English translations of these beautiful tales [on the web site].”

Brechiner in tune with new Gaelic TV service (Sept 24, 2008)

“A former Brechin High School pupil is the driving force behind BBC Alba, the corporation's £14 million pound Gaelic television service, which hopes to attract mainstream viewers from across the nation, and which was launched on Friday.
...“‘I met a woman from County Mayo who later became my wife and we now have five children. We speak Irish at home and occasionally Gaelic.’”

Ruane Refuses Irish Language School Plan (Sept 24, 2008)

“Education Minister Caitriona Ruane has turned down a development proposal to allow for the establishment of an Irish-medium post- primary college, Colaiste Speirin, in Cookstown.”
...“Colaiste Speirin had six pupils enrolled during 2007-08. The 2008- 09 intake was three new pupils. To qualify for funding the school would have needed an intake of 50 new pupils.”

President thanked for helping Irish studies course in Romania (Sept 25, 2008)

“President Mary McAleese was awarded an honorary professorship yesterday by a Transylvanian university which offers a masters degree in Irish studies.”
...“The programme ranges from works of 20th century Irish writers such as Joyce and Yeats to Irish history, Irish language, theatre and film.”

Letters (Sept 25, 2008)
One short item:

“It is becoming increasingly annoying to see the lack of respect being paid to the Irish language in many aspects of society. The Irish Independent could at least begin using the 'fada' when grammatically required. Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, Éire, and Irish names such as Micheál are simply incorrect without the fada.”

ETA mass killer may have fled to Ulster (Sept 25, 2008)

...“Embassy sources confirmed he applied for the passport in person at the diplomatic offices in Ballsbridge, south Dublin, on September 3, and claimed he was in the city to learn the Irish language.”

Irish NGO: two years later and still no Irish language act (Sept 25, 2008)

“Two years to the day after the UK and Irish governments published the St Andrews’ Agreement, POBAL, the umbrella organisation for the Irish-speaking community in northern Ireland, is calling on the entire community to participate on marches in support of the Irish Language Act being organised by POBAL on Saturday 11th October in the centre of Belfast.”

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Two-thirds of Scots cannot watch BBC’s new Gaelic channel

Letters: Two-thirds of Scots cannot watch BBC’s new Gaelic channel (Sept 24, 2008)

“The launch of the long-awaited Gaelic channel, BBC Alba is, of course, to be greatly welcomed. However, the new channel will be broadcast only on Freesat and Sky, and not on Freeview, stopping roughly two-thirds of all Scots from watching the new programmes.”

Monday, September 22, 2008

News through an 22ú lá Mí Mheán Fómhair

A day the Gaelscoil will never forget (Sept 18, 2008)

“During her visit to Strabane yesterday, Mary McAleese described Gaelscoil Ui Dhochartaigh as a ‘remarkable achievement’.
“And it is. Since been founded by a handful of parents in a tiny Barrack Street classroom, the school and indeed the Irish language in Strabane has flourished. Today the Gaelscoil is one of the finest primary educational facilities the North West has to offer.”

BBC Alba ar an aer anocht (Sept 20, 2008)

“Beidh an stáisiún le fáil in Éirinn, ar phacáiste digiteach Sky sa Phoblacht agus an Tuaisceart, agus ar Freestat sna sé chontae freisin.”
(Probably reprinted from

Human cost of segregation must be addressed: Ford (Sept 20, 2008)

“The Alliance Party will today demand Northern Ireland’s 11 government departments are cut to seven — including the new policing ministry.
...“Delegates were also being asked to support Irish Language legislation for the province while recognising ‘English is the de facto administrative language’.”

Maura to host tractor factor show (Sept 20, 2008)

“Former chat show queen Maura Derrane will be swapping her high-flying job as a magazine editor for some muddy wellies and a rain mac.
...“The wife of Fine Gael TD John Deasy will now be scouring the country and putting Ireland's agricultural workers through their paces in a quirky new programme to find Ireland's finest farmer for the Irish language station.”

New channel a 'milestone' for Gaelic broadcasting (Sept 22, 2008)

“The launch of the new Gaelic television channel, BBC ALBA on Friday in Edinburgh was described as a 'milestone' for Gaelic broadcasting in Scotland.
...“He also highlighted the need for the new channel to be broadcast on Freeview, similar to what happens with the Irish language service TG4 and the Welsh language service S4C.”

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Iris nua: nós*

nós* --
According to the site, "nós* is a new contemporary Irish language magazine for the modern age. From film to fashion, sex to travel, music to technology, nós* has it all."
(Including extra punctuation, apparently.)

Thanks to Will for pointing it out!

BBC Alba: New Gaelic channel 'set up to fail'

(Sept 21, 2008)

...“Speaking only minutes before the channel went live for the first time, with an eye-catching schedule including a drama about Elvis living on Lewis and a documentary about a Glasgow mass murderer, Morrison challenged the BBC to show it was with us for the long haul.
“The former Labour MP's ire was provoked by the fact that the new channel will not be broadcast on Freeview, only on Freesat or Sky, stopping roughly two-thirds of all Scots from watching the new programmes. The date for the channel's apperance on Virgin Media's cable services is yet to be announced.”

Friday, September 19, 2008

News through an 19ú lá Mí Mheán Fómhair

Forever on the road less travelled (Sept 16, 2008)

...“Manchan Magan, writer, documentary maker, and now novelist, was living a what sounds like a complete death-trap, although he denies that that’s what it was.”
...“Last year, he was back on the t.v. screens with “No Béarla”, a series in which he attempted to travel around Ireland using only the Irish language.”

Gabriel Byrne reveals Irish film plans (Sept 17, 2008)

...“Byrne talked to RTÉ.ie Entertainment's Taragh Loughrey-Grant about his Emmy Award nomination for 'In Treatment', about the Peck Award, his views on the Irish language and his plans to make a film in Ireland.”

Funnyman Des Bishop brings show to Carlow (Sept 17, 2008)

“Having spent 12 months of intense study and immersion in Connemara’s Gaeltacht in an effort to speak ‘as Gaeilge’, Des Bishop is on the road again and will be in Carlow early next month.”

Northern Ireland parties fail to avert crisis (Sept 18, 2008)

“Stormont's power-sharing government was today tipping towards crisis as the biggest row since the return of devolution kept the Executive in deep freeze.”
...“Behind-the-scenes talks between the DUP and Sinn Fein continued this week with some progress being made on the future of the Maze national stadium project, Irish language and even, according to some sources, the almost intractable primary to secondary school transfer proposals.”

Upper Crust’s recipe for success (Sept 19, 2008)

“The Upper Crust bakery and café on Main Street, Castlebar scooped first prize in the Gnó Mhaigh Eo/Castlebar Chamber bilingual window display as part of the Cultúr in Castlebar celebrations. The competition coincided with the recent Féile on the Mall Festival, National Heritage Week and the return of Riverdance to Mayo.”

Something for everyone this September at the Linenhall (Sept 19, 2008)

“Aisteoirí Chorr na Móna presents As Béal a Chéile, an evening of new Irish-language theatre, at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Friday September 26 at 8pm. As Béal a Chéile comprises two newly written comedies in verse and traditional verse-dialogues on topical issues by Mícheál Ó Tuairisg.”

Bertie's gone regal with new title and it could be 'Iar' to stay (Sept 19, 2008)

“'Ere, Taoiseach -- you'll never believe this one! Bertie Ahern wants to be known in future as 'Iar-Taoiseach', an honorary form of address that means 'former Taoiseach'.”

Mayo celebrates Poetry Ireland’s birthday (Sept 19, 2008)

“On September 22 Poetry Ireland will celebrate its 30th anniversary. To mark this occasion and to raise consciousness about poetry now and in the future, the organisation propose to have a reading in every county in Ireland on a designated day, Thursday October 2, and to name this day All-Ireland Poetry Day. Mayo County Council Arts Office, Mayo County Library and Oifig na Gaeilge are delighted to present three poetry events.”
...“Renowned Irish Poet Louis de Paor will give an intimate lunchtime poetry reading in Mayo County Library on All Ireland poetry Day. Dubbed as ‘Louis de Poet’ by his great friend, John Spillane, Louis has published widely in Irish, his most recent collection was Ag Greadadh Bas sa Reilig - Clapping in the Cemetery.”

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Fascinating surprise for Irish government minister

(Sept 16, 2008)

...“Mr O Cuiv, who was invited over by the Isle of Man Government to advise on the proposed introduction of a Manx Language Act, visited Cregneash where, back in 1947, his grandfather had been able to talk in Gaelic to the old villagers.
“And Mr O Cuiv was in for a surprise during his trip to the Island when he met a direct descendant of the British soldier who arrested de Valera following the Easter Uprising in Dublin in 1916.”

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Can TV's evolution ignite a Gaelic revolution?

(Sept 16, 2008)

“Friday will see a milestone in Scottish media history: at 9pm BBC ALBA, the UK's first Gaelic-only channel will begin broadcasting.”

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

News through an 16ú lá Mí Mheán Fómhair

The elite and governed on migration collision course (Sept 14, 2008)

...“Some groups, mainly the well-paid elites, argue that we should change the religious status of our schools, not to mention that of the Irish language, to make ourselves more accommodating to immigrants.”

Plan to review primary schools confirmed (Sept 14, 2008)

“The Deparment of Education confirmed today that it will review the process for recognising new primary schools.”
...“Ms Ní Ghréacháin said ‘the numbers are pitched at a level of sustainability and we would point out to the Minister that not a single Gaelscoil has ever closed due to falling numbers.’”

Imram the vessel for 'a voyage of discovery' (Sept 15, 2008)

“Contemporary writing in Irish enjoys a small (but perfectly formed) following in this island nation of ours. This year's Imram Irish Language Literature Festival celebrates the role that the islands and seas of Ireland have played in shaping our identity and imagination.”

Time for Irish speakers to take to their feet for Acht na Gaeilge (Sept 15, 2008)

“Two years to the day after the UK and Irish governments published the St Andrews' Agreement, POBAL, the umbrella organisation for the Irish speaking community in the North of Ireland is calling on the entire community to support the marches in support of the Irish Language Act being organised by its Co-ordinating Group, on Saturday 11th October in the centre of Belfast.”

Minister plans moratorium on approval of new primary schools (Sept 16, 2008)

...“Mr O'Keeffe has expressed concern that schools can seek recognition with an enrolment of 17 children and apply for permanent recognition after three years if it has 53 pupils.
“He is seeking ‘the appropriate procedures for school recognition at primary level’ to be put into operation at the start of 2010. But the move has been criticised by Gaelscoileanna Teo, the organisation representing 140 Irish language primary schools, which says ‘the comments attributed to the minister fly in the face of parents' constitutional right to education for their children and of the State's obligation to protect and nurture the Irish language’.”

PM in talks over N Ireland's future (Sept 16, 2008)

“Gordon Brown is due in Belfast to meet politicians threatening to bring down the power-sharing agreement and throw the system into crisis.
...“Republicans are also angry at the lack of progress on an Irish language act and plans for a multi-sports stadium near Belfast.”

Cathaoirleach launches People of the Year Awards (Sept 16, 2008)

“The Mayo People of the Year awards were officially launched last Friday night by the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Joe Mellett, with nominations now being sought for the awards.
...“The final award is Gradam na Gaeilge which recognises the positive contribution by an individual in the promotion of the Irish language.”

Saturday, September 13, 2008

News to an 13ú lá Mí Mheán Fómhair

Whoops, meant to post before the list got this long....

Westport named Ireland's 'Tidiest Town' (Sept 8, 2008)

...“The Schools Award, in its third year, was won by Duleek Boys National School, Co. Meath, with the Foras na Gaeilge sponsored, TidyTowns le Gaeilge award, which encourages the building of a bilingual society, being taken by Inis (Ennis), Co. an Chláir (Co. Clare).”

It's a mini-Gaeltacht in the city as students opt to live as Gaeilge (Sept 9, 2008)

“Four students have moved into DIT's first mini-Gaeltacht for a year of living through Irish.”

Huge potential for Ireland-Scotland to gain from our shared heritage and expertise - Ó Cuív (Sept 9, 2008)

“On a visit to Scotland this week, Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Éamon Ó Cuív TD highlighted the great opportunity for exchange of experience and expertise with representatives from the Scottish Government and agencies in the areas of rural recreation, the Irish and Scots Gaelic languages and the development of island communities.”

Gaelscoil Eadan Doire opens its doors for the first time this week (Sept 9, 2008)

“It was a case of ‘gáire’ agus ‘spraoi’ for everyone last Monday, as Edenderry’s Gaelscoil - Gaelscoil Eadan Doire - opened its doors for the very first time to 25 excited students.”

Best Bets (Sept 10, 2008),0,1972872.story

“Learn Gaelic in free weekly classes taught by the Gerry Tobin Irish Language School at the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Babylon, 27 Locust Ave. A new session for adult beginners starts at 8 p.m. tomorrow, 631-521-1227.”

Guide to County Monaghan in Ireland (Sept 10, 2008)

“The name of Monaghan comes from the Irish language, derived from Muine Cheain meaning the Land of the Little Hills. This name refers to the high occurrence of drumlins in the area, which are small hills formed from glacial action during the previous ice ages.”

Ni Bheolain asks for privacy after marriage split (Sept 11, 2008)

“Newsreader Sharon Ni Bheolain appealed for privacy last night after revealing that she had split up from husband Kevin Cantrell.”

Banjos and pirates lead charge of TG4's new line-up (Sept 11, 2008)

“He may not be able to find favour with Giovanni Trapattoni, but Republic of Ireland international Andy Reid will be trying to impress everyone else with his new banjo skills when he takes part in the TG4 series 'Faoi Lan Cheoil'.”

Cutbacks cast doubts over language centre (Sept 11, 2008)

“The establishment of an Irish language education centre first announced for Ballyvourney nine years ago is in serious doubt due to government cutbacks over the economic downturn.”

Butterflies the ‘stars’ as students premier film works (Sept 11, 2008)

“Finally a creative documentary was also produced titled ‘Guthanna an tSulain’ where transition year students from Colaiste Ghobnatan got together to shoot three short documentaries on three generations of local sean-nos singers.”

Galwaywoman appointed to head up new conference interpreting course (Sept 11, 2008)

“Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, the national institution for third-level education through Irish at NUI Galway has appointed Susan Folan as co-ordinator of the new MA Ateangaireacht Chomhdhála/Conference Interpreting programme, commencing at the end of September.”

Something for everyone this September at the Linenhall (Sept 12, 2008)

“Aisteoirí Chorr na Móna presents As Béal a Chéile, an evening of new Irish-language theatre, at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Friday September 26 at 8pm.”

Dancing returns to the Irish music festival

...“Kitty Heinzman saw some of that first-hand. She was brought up in the Irish language ‘because we were free,’ she recalled of her youth in Westport, a tourist town on the west coast of Ireland, situated on an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean.”

New primary schools will have minimum of 16 teachers (Sept 12, 2008)

...“But the minister has been accused of trying to stifle the growth of all-Irish and other minority schools. This follows his decision to review the criteria for recognition of new schools.”

Arranmore development plan launched (Sept 12, 2008)

...“However, it also highlights a number of serious problems including its declining population, high unemployment and a decline in the Irish language.”

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Minister on Manx language mission

(Sept 11, 2008)

“Irish Government Minister Eamon O Cuiv will visit the Isle of Man and follow in the footsteps of his grandfather Eamon de Valera who helped save the native language 60 years ago.”

Monday, September 8, 2008

News to an 8ú lá Mí Mheán Fómhair

Online originals from Hairy Baby crew (August 28, 2008)

...“Cast an eye also over the new ‘Hollywood Irish Language Collection’ featuring the likes of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro speaking our native tongue.”

Firm hits right phone number (September 3, 2008)

“A change of heart by mobile phone maker Samsung to exclude the North of Ireland from the launch of its Irish language ‘Tocco’ phone has been welcomed by the SDLP.”

Canton Festival Ready for Action (September 4, 2008)

...“However, one of the charms of this festival are the other well-designed cultural venues, including a regulation-size pitch for Gaelic games in front of the ICCNE building itself, the Ghaeltacht cottage stage alongside the authentic thatched Irish cottage will showcase the Irish language and more intimate music and dance acts led by the Mna A Ti: Bridget Fitzgerald and Mairin ui Cheide, along with the Abbey Theatre and Harpapalooza tents.”

Alien invaders to make new home in the northwest (September 5, 2008)

“As part of a new series to be broadcast on Irish language channel TG4 later this month, environmental expert John Murphy looks at the effects accelerated global warming could have on Ireland's eco-systems.”

Lally returns to television soaps as wealthy businessman in 'Ros na Rún' (September 5, 2008)

“After an absence of seven years, actor Mick Lally is set to return to a television soap.”

New medal design for Sunday's match (September 5, 2008)

“The GAA has confirmed that the winners of next Sunday's GAA Hurling All-Ireland Championship will be the first to be presented with the re-designed All-Ireland medal.”

Celebrities get back to their roots for TV series (September 7, 2008)

“Supermodel Jasmine Guinness may have been born into Ireland's most famous family, but she has now discovered that her maternal ancestors were poor, Irish-speaking farmers in the 19th century.”

Sinn Féin's Pearse Doherty visits Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, & Prince Edward Island (September 8, 2008)

...“Mr. Doherty is a strong supporter of the Irish language and the Gaelic Athletic Association. He is particularly interested in developing links with Gaelic cultural and language activists during his visit to Canada.”

Thursday, September 4, 2008

News through an 4ú lá Mí Mheán Fómhair

Strangers to Citizens @ The National Library (August 29, 2008)

...“Original treasures are also on display, among them the precious original manuscript of Tadhg Ó Cianáin's diary of The Flight of the Earls, together with genealogies, coats of arms and some of the earliest Irish language books.”

Who says nice guys can't win? (August 30, 2008)

“Dublin comedian David O'Doherty has taken the main prize at Edinburgh despite being the purveyor of a brand of 'very low-energy musical whimsy' that many thought wouldn't be edgy enough to win over the judges.
...“Whether doing material (and this is before Des Bishop got his fáinne) about how the Irish language could be saved by dubbing porn films into Irish, or riffing on the absurdity of truncated mobile phone text speech, O'Doherty laid out his stall early on.”

London rules out Sinn Fein deal on official status for Gaelic (August 31, 2008)

“Gordon Brown will not rescue the proposed Irish Language Act if, as now seems certain, unionists vote it down in the Northern Ireland Assembly.”

PM unlikely to save Irish Act if vetoed (September 1, 2008)

“The proposed Irish Language Act will not be rescued by Prime Minister Gordon Brown if unionists vote it down in the Northern Ireland Assembly, it has been claimed.
“It is believed concerns have arisen in Downing Street that if the Act – a key Sinn Fein demand giving Gaelic equal status to English in Northern Ireland – was introduced via Westminster, it could open the floodgates for legal claims to put other ethnic minority languages in Britain on the same par as English.”

Derry cultúrlann up for major award (September 2, 2008)

“The new Irish language arts centre currently being built at Great James' Street has been shortlisted as one of Ireland's entries for a prestigious international architecture award.”

Language Teachers sought (September 2, 2008)

“The Berlitz Language School in Luxemburg is looking for freelance English, Gaeilge, German, Arabic, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Danish and other language teachers.”

Council rejects funding for Irish Language Officer (September 2, 2008)

“Fermanagh District Councillors are split along religious boundaries over a proposal to accept half the salary from an Irish Language body of an Irish Language Officer for the county who would be based in the Townhall.”

Arts programme relaunched (September 3, 2008)
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“This September, Raidió na Gaeltachta will relaunch the highly successful Irish arts programme, Dearc.
...“This is the second season for the Irish-language programme, the country’s first arts programme completely as Gaeilge. Tune in on 6 September at 8.30pm to understand its success to date.”

Waddell Media ‘At Your Service’ begins on RTÉ (September 3, 2008)

...“Other Waddell productions to air this autumn include ‘Meon na mBan’ (The Minds of Women) a six part series for TG4.”

Puppet on a string (September 4, 2008)

...“Children and adults alike are in for a treat with performances such as Indigo Moon's Alice and the White Rabbit, Your Man's Puppets' Legends of Lowery Lynch, Glitter na Gig's Mother Greedy performed in the Irish language and Danish artist Sofie Krog's Diva.”

Blog Digest (September 4, 2008)

“Ach Go hÁirithe - It is hard to sum up this blog in just a few words or even explain its exact purpose but I will tell you this much: it is sometimes written as Gaeilge, it often champions Irish culture and it is frequently hilarious.”