Tuesday, 29 April 2008

"Dingle Daingean Ui Chuis"

…de Agence France-Presse:

The town of Dingle, one of Ireland's best-known tourist destinations, won its battle on Tuesday against a government edict to adopt the Irish language version of its name.

Under a 2004 order enacted by Irish Affairs Minister Eamon O Cuiv, Dingle became Daingean as part of a move requiring over 2,300 towns to adopt Gaelic names.

The order reversed a British mapping programme that started in 1824 and resulted in mainly anglicised names.

But in a local plebiscite two years ago, 1,005 of the 1,222 residents of the southwestern town opted for the bilingual compromise of "Dingle Daingean Ui Chuis"...

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