After watching the videos produced by Coláiste Lurgan in Connemara and posted here a few weeks ago, I think a few eyes have been opened. Any eyes who are still blind to the budding revival of the Irish language amongst younger generations in Ireland are only blind because they WANT to be.
There's no doubt that Gaeilge is still an endangered language. The measures taken through history to eradicate the language by its enemies, and even damage done by poor implementation on the part of those with good intentions, have left the language crippled. But fresh perspectives and exciting developments over the past several years are now creating a positive "buzz" around Ireland's first official language.
** Newsflash, folks: SPEAKING IRISH IS COOL AGAIN. **
Check out the kids from Coláiste Lurgan performing live on RTÉ's Late Late Show on the 13th of September, 2013: