Orangeman Claims 'Irish Language has Become Political'

An Irish language development officer in east Belfast says many people there are upset by an Orange Order claim that Irish is being used for political purposes by republicans.

Linda Ervine said: "I know a lot of people in east Belfast have been offended by this."

The claim was made on Saturday by George Chittick, the order's Belfast County Grand Master.

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Tags: Belfast, Gaeilge, Irish Freedom Struggle, Irish Language, Orange Order, Orangemen

Comment by Bit Devine on February 26, 2014 at 3:43pm

I have been taken to task on more than one occasion in Northern Irish forums for "speaking a foriegn language" when I have thanked them for an assist  with "go raibh mile maith agat"

When I met my Gran's cousins for the first time in Armagh in 2009, the first five minutes was in Irish, them rapid fire and me labouring to recall my phrasings. It was their way of testing me, perhaps.

Not one to back down from an antagonist, I have been known to reply "the only foriegn language in these counties is English

Researchers have said that there are more Irish speakers outside of Ireland than within. I find that sad. As the elders die off, who will pass along this rich language?

I am heartened by the growing number of pop songs being introduced in the Irish language. It is a great way to gain and hold the interest of the younger people.

Comment by Bernie Joyce on February 27, 2014 at 5:39pm

Sad to think there is more Irish speakers outside of the country than living here but I bet there is also more pride and respect for it also abroad. I do'nt believe in forcing or shaming anyone into learning it but I am sick to death of people putting it down. I do'nt know any European country where their citizens look down at their own culture like some of the Irish do in this country. It makes us all look like we know the cost of everything and the value of nothing.


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