The Yes Woman: a second chance for the Irish language

I used to blush when I couldn’t understand the teacher, but I’m giving the language another try in Trinity College

‘Language is at its best when spoken organically between fluent speakers.’ Above, Síle Ní Bhraonáin

‘Language is at its best when spoken organically between fluent speakers.’ Above, Síle Ní Bhraonáin

I loathed Irish at school. Thirteen years of study created nothing but a cloying sense of being smothered by archaism. The way it was taught was limp and bred a sense of fear and stupidity into me that left me blaming the language for years after I finished school.

I still think Irish should be optional rather than mandatory at school, and taught with an emphasis on real life rather than being entombed in a glass box of tradition. But I’m more open to it now. The abhorrence I felt in adolescence has been replaced by more of a benign curiosity and a sense of disappointment at the fact that I have lost it.

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