Saturday, February 9, 2013

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New Gaelic school planned for Glasgow
The Scotsman via
7 Feabhra 2013

A new Gaelic school is to be created in Glasgow following an £800,000 investment from the Scottish Government.

The primary school will be part of the existing Glendale Campus in Pollokshields. Alastair Allan, the minister for learning, said:

“The continued increase in demand for Gaelic medium education in Glasgow clearly demonstrates that parents are not only recognising the impressive learning benefits that come with a bilingual education, but that we are securing a sustainable and vibrant future for the language in future generations.

“I am delighted to announce this latest funding and look forward to work beginning on the school to create an environment that will inspire pupils and school staff throughout their time there.”

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All about my mother tongue – one man's struggle to keep the Irish language alive
Irish Independent via
2 Feabhra 2013

Manchán Magan grew up in Dublin 4, lived for a while in a cowshed in the Himalayas, became a celebrity on Irish-language tv, and is now writing Irish plays for English-speaking audiences.

As befits a published travel writer, his life story has been quite a journey.I asked him to explain it. “It all goes back to one moment,” he said, “on the morning of Easter Sunday, 1916.” Magan’s great-granduncle was The O’Rahilly – a founder of the Irish Volunteers and an ardent Irish-language revivalist. That morning, as O’Rahilly kissed his wife goodbye (he would be killed in the Rising), he was watched by his niece, Sighle Humphreys – Magan’s grandmother.

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