Monday, 5 May 2008

Hilary Mhic Suibhne Silicon Republic:

Before you wonder why I am plugging a certain US presidential candidate, I must explain that this is actually an Irish language blog run by Hilary Mhic Suibhne, Irish language teacher and New York resident.

As one of thousands of Irish people who hasn’t used my teanga dhúchais or native language since my Leaving Cert, I didn’t think I would understand a word of this blog. However, it is surprisingly accessible and I am convinced regular visits would improve my Gaeilge no end.

There was a recent debate on Irish language in the 21st century which questioned its function in preserving our cultural identity and whether it is just ‘the bane of our childhood education’.

While you don’t have to speak Irish to be Irish, we could well do with relegating our rote-learning primary school past to where it belongs and embrace the new.

Hilary NY doesn’t push the Irish language upon us, she chats about her life and issues close to her heart – it just so happens to be as Gaeilge.

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