1. While I feel that the joy and mild pride at hearing a foreign dignitary struggle through a few words in our native language, is justified, I think it is terribly sad that now, she is likely more fluent than may Irish people.

    We can blame the British for forcing us to relinquish the daily use of this most noble of tongues all those centuries ago, but we cannot, for one second, pass the blame on from ourselves in the present.

    The queen managed to get through 5 words, likely phonetically written down for her, but all those people whose Irish doesn’t go beyond the “cupla focail” and “póg mo thón” have nothing to be proud of. I wish, as a nation, we took better care of our language.

  2. Kersti

    I wonder how many of the teenagers protesting and throwing bricks in the city centre can speak the language. As an outsider looking in I find it quite amazing how many people here learnt the language in school and yet claim to not be able to speak it at all – it’s such a shame!

  3. In many cases it’s a misplaced pride in ignorance. It’s amazing to me, too. Some of my close, well-educated friends even scoff when I speak a few words to them, even though they understand what I’m saying.

    I learnt Irish in an Irish-speaking primary school. I was immersed in it. We were even taught maths and history through Irish and it taught me a love of the language and that it is worthy of respect.

    These louts continue the “tradition” of thinking all things Irish are inferior without realising they’re doing it. All those Celtic jerseys are proof enough. Where were all the GAA shirts? They truly do embarrass the life out of me, but they’re so far from reason that there’s little we can do but hope the next generation carries the torch with more pride.

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