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From TheJournal.ie New Gaeltacht minister: No, I haven't started Irish lessons yet Cúpla Focail

New Gaeltacht minister: No, I haven't started Irish lessons yet

Heather Humphreys, the senior minister at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has admitted her command of the language isn’t the best.

From TheJournal.ie New Gaeltacht minister now "thinking in Irish" after summer cramming classes Mo Laethanta Saoire

New Gaeltacht minister now "thinking in Irish" after summer cramming classes

Joe McHugh’s been sent to the Gaeltacht to brush up on the teanga.

Coláiste Lurgan cover Kodaline in snazziest video yet

Gach duine le cheile!

From TheJournal.ie The Gaeltacht Minister wants you to join him on 'a journey' to improve his Irish Teanga

The Gaeltacht Minister wants you to join him on 'a journey' to improve his Irish

Dúirt an tAire McHugh: “Léiríonn mó chás-sa an saol mar atá sé do go leor de mhuintir na tíre seo.”

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Older people and Gaeilgeoirí are right to be indignant – this Cabinet doesn't care about them Opinion

Opinion: Older people and Gaeilgeoirí are right to be indignant – this Cabinet doesn't care about them

The new Gaeltacht minister isn’t fluent in Irish and the de-prioritisation of older people’s issues has been rubber-stamped; whole sections of society are being disenfranchised.

From TheJournal.ie Here's how the new Gaeltacht minister got on answering a question as Gaeilge First Day

Here's how the new Gaeltacht minister got on answering a question as Gaeilge

Dúirt Joe McHugh nach bhuil sé muiníneach sa teanga go fóill.

Coláiste Lurgan do Garth Brooks as Gaeilge

Well, they kind of had to, didn’t they?

From TheJournal.ie New information given to gardaí about Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí abuse allegations Donal Lovely

New information given to gardaí about Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí abuse allegations

Known as ‘Donal Lovely’, the late teacher is accused of abusing up to 100 boys over two decades. An audit of the garda handling of the case was launched last year.

11 songs that will take you right back to your days in the Gaeltacht

Fadó fadó Éirinn, roimh theacht don nua-aois…

From TheJournal.ie Office of the Ombudsman and Language Commissioner will not be merged As Gaeilge

Office of the Ombudsman and Language Commissioner will not be merged

Conradh na Gaeilge said they will be lobbying for state services to be provided both in English and Irish.

13 wonderful things we'd miss in a world without Irish

Because we all know Bart Simpson really sounds like a 60-year-old man.

From TheJournal.ie Column: We'll soon find out whether we lose our native language forever Bother Your Erse

Column: We'll soon find out whether we lose our native language forever

Irish is my second language but it has opened up a whole new world for me, and deepened my understanding of what it means to live in this country. I recognise, of course, that I have been exceptionally lucky, writes Seán Mag Leannáin.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Irish art and culture is being failed by lazy, inept leadership Opinion

Column: Irish art and culture is being failed by lazy, inept leadership

Our Arts minister is unable to represent his department with any real knowledge, and is therefore failing to exploit what could be a multi-billion euro industry, writes Eoin Lynch.

Avicii's Wake Me Up... as Gaeilge Wake Me Up This post contains videos

Avicii's Wake Me Up... as Gaeilge

This is WAY better than the original.

Anything Hollywood can do, the gaeltacht can do better Maith Thú This post contains videos

8 things we all did in the Gaeltacht

The best three weeks of the summer for any Irish teenager.

Here’s a deadly video of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, Gaeltacht style Daift Ponc This post contains videos

Here’s a deadly video of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, Gaeltacht style

This is a lot more glamorous than we remember our summers.

From TheJournal.ie Half of Údarás na Gaeltachta budget spent on former employees' pensions Gaeltacht

Half of Údarás na Gaeltachta budget spent on former employees' pensions

Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh said the government is doing “untold damage” to the future of the Gaeltacht.

From TheJournal.ie Concerns that four-decade-old air service to Aran Islands could be at risk Aran Islands

Concerns that four-decade-old air service to Aran Islands could be at risk

Residents on the Aran Islands are concerned that the government subsidy for air services to and from the three islands could be cut in the forthcoming budget.

From TheJournal.ie The Evening Fix: Friday Need To Know

The Evening Fix: Friday

Things we learned, loved, and shared today…

From TheJournal.ie Galway company sells for €170m Gaeltacht Deal

Galway company sells for €170m

Fintrax founder Gerard Barry and his family will make €119m in biggest business deal in Gaeltacht history.

From TheJournal.ie Kenny insists HSE chief has not been forced out Leaders' Questions

Kenny insists HSE chief has not been forced out

Enda Kenny came under fire over the proposed restructuring of the Health Service Executive during Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil today.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Yes, we can save Irish – but there’s no point trying to spread it Opinion

Column: Yes, we can save Irish – but there’s no point trying to spread it

If Irish is to survive as a real language we must focus on preservation – and just forget about promoting it to English speakers, writes Ian Mac Eochagáin.

VIDEO: 500 Gaeltacht students in a giant 'Festival of Colour' Dathannach This post contains videos

VIDEO: 500 Gaeltacht students in a giant 'Festival of Colour'

We can remember the Super Valu, but we don’t remember our summers in Connemara being quite so dathannach…

From TheJournal.ie Investigation finds only 1 of 9 officers in Gaeltacht Garda station spoke Irish Gaeilge

Investigation finds only 1 of 9 officers in Gaeltacht Garda station spoke Irish

Eight of the nine Gardaí stationed in Gaoth Dobhair in Donegal were unable to carry out their duties through Irish.

From TheJournal.ie Census 2011: 1.77m say they are able to speak Irish Census 2011

Census 2011: 1.77m say they are able to speak Irish

In the latest census, people were asked if they were able to speak Irish and, if so, how frequently they did.

From TheJournal.ie Clondalkin could be Dublin's first official Gaeltacht Cluain Dolcain

Clondalkin could be Dublin's first official Gaeltacht

The Dublin satellite town has a large community of Gaelgeoirí so could benefit from new rules.

From TheJournal.ie Mary Hanafin's return to public life... on reality show 'G-Team' G-Team

Mary Hanafin's return to public life... on reality show 'G-Team'

Did you miss me? The former government minister has a new role as a judge on a TG4 competition show.

From TheJournal.ie Gaeltacht areas lose 130 jobs as MFG closes Jobswatch

Gaeltacht areas lose 130 jobs as MFG closes

Meitheal Forbartha na Gaeltachta Teoranta has ceased trading today, resulting in the loss of 130 jobs in Gaeltacht areas.

From TheJournal.ie Temple Bar "is working" says Arts Minister Temple Bar

Temple Bar "is working" says Arts Minister

Jimmy Deenihan calls Dublin city area a “cultural oasis” during Absolut Fringe Festival 2011 launch.

From TheJournal.ie The Daily Fix: Saturday Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Saturday

In your bank holiday Saturday Fix: Strike looms at Aer Lingus; the high-price of government advice; U2′s controversial Glastonbury appearance; a hair-raising announcement from Wayne Rooney; and the accidental Facebook party.

From TheJournal.ie Ó Cuív booted out of Dáil over Gaeltacht questions row Dáil Éireann

Ó Cuív booted out of Dáil over Gaeltacht questions row

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett tells former minister Éamon Ó Cuív to leave the Dáil for showing disrespect to the chair.

ON HIS HOLIDAYS in Galway recently, Spectator columnist and native of Scotland Alex Massie was less than bowled over to encounter a sign instructing all visitors to Galway cricket club that the only acceptable language was the native tongue.

The new rules applies “even to non-national members”, a sign affixed to the walls of the club states.

Massie points out that this perturbing policy may have something to do with the fact that the club was recently the beneficiary of a significant grant from the Department of Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht, adding perhaps not unreasonably:

If ACG had sufficient largesse to be supporting cricket clubs in the west of Ireland it just might be that there were other, more significant, areas of government spending – and indeed an entire political and economic culture – that were out of control.

In return for this money from the ministry, the deal was that Irish would be promoted as the language of cricket. As Massie puts it in his Speccie column: “This, no matter what language you put it in, seems a sticky wicket.”

He points out that there are some practical issues that may have been overlooked when it was decided to introduce the policy (not least the fact that only half the Irish national team are actually, er, Irish):

Needless to say, in two visits to Galway’s pleasant ground I’ve yet to hear a single word of Irish spoken … there’s a limit to how much the business of the club can be conducted “through the medium of Irish”.  What, in the name of the lord, is the Irish for “googly”? Keen eyes will also notice that the club’s Irish language policy is written in English.

That might have something to do with a further practical issue that Massie himself seems to have overlooked.

The policy had to be written in English:  how else to ensure that all  the county’s elected representatives would be able to read it?