Thursday, 27 March 2008

Máire Mhic Ghiolla Íosa

…de la Galway City Tribune:

The President of Ireland, Mary McAleese could certainly give comedian Des Bishop a run for his money when it comes to stage performances in the Irish language.

President McAleese was guest of honour at TG4’s annual Musician of the Year awards on Good Friday night in the INEC, Killarney and formally opened the event. Like Des Bishop, she began studying Irish later in life, and like him, her standard of Irish would put most of us to shame.

In word-perfect Gaeilge, she praised those people who had taken Irish music from the bleak place it had once been and had put it on the world stage. The importance of music and dance in Ireland was enormous, she said and on her trips abroad, she had realised just how much people from other places associate music with this country...

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