...de la Irish Voice:
Well, I would probably be the first to admit that I wouldn’t be the go-to guy for the history of the Irish language here in America, but I do know that last week was certainly a historic one for a couple of reasons. The visit of the grandson of Éamon de Valera, Éamon Ó Cuív, minister for community, rural and Gaeltacht affairs, to New York figured in both of them.
His first stop was New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House where he was invited to deliver the 2008 Barra Ó Donnábhain Lecture on the Irish language on a most auspicious occasion in that a book of the late writer’s “Macalla” columns for the Irish Echo was being launched.
Ó Cuív spoke about the “Future of the Irish Language in the 21st Century,” and considering that it was almost eradicated 160 years ago before starting its revival a century ago under the determination of the Gaelic League in Ireland and America, the progress is surely significant as he happily pointed out...