https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Seachtain na Gaeilge runs from March 1st to March 17th .

(That's a 17 day week :-).

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/harps12345

1916 hon the boys

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

I shouldn't have to say this, but it absolutely disgusts me that anyone would try to politicize St Patrick's Day like this.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MauriceReeves
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Then perhaps you shouldn't look at this page from this same course that points out the 100th anniversary of the Easter Uprising. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/13203989

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

I wasn't referring to the 1916 part of the comment - marking the centenary of the Easter Rising is an entirely appropriate activity (I've played a very small part in the preparations for one such event). I fully accept that people's politics will colour their perception of how/when and even if the centenary of the Easter Rising should be marked.

But St Patrick's Day isn't a political event, and in particular it shouldn't be a painted as a sectarian event

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MauriceReeves
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Understood, but I will say that in plenty of places, including the US, St Patrick's Day has a big political component to it. I'm sure that's going to be even more so this year with the centenary.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

In many cases the same people will be involved in organizing both 1916 celebrations and St Patrick's Day celebrations. But a lot of the St Patrick's Day activities in the US reach beyond the narrowly defined "Irish Community", and the audience for "St Patrick's Day" and the audience for "1916 Centenary" overlap, but aren't the same, so from what I've read, 1916 centenary celebrations, where they are occurring in the US, will happen at Easter and/or on April 24th.

And while the really big events like the New York parade have always had a distinctly Nationalist slant, they have bigger battles to fight these days!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/harps12345

dia duit

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

I wonder why they didn't call it coicís na Gaeilge. A 17 day fortnight would make a bit more sense. Or was it originally only a week?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

Seachtain na Gaeilge has been around for a long time, using St Patrick's Day to encourage people to use the cúpla focal, but it wasn't necessarily a formal Monday to Sunday, or March 11th to March 17th week. As the government and the Tourism board began to expand the holiday from "St Patrick's Day" to the "St Patrick's Festival", SnaG has expanded a bit too.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ClionaJoyce

An bhfuil a fhios agat cad as an focal coicís? Is focal suimiúl é

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

> From Old Irish cóicthiges, apparently a compound of cóic ‎(“five”) and deich ‎(“ten”).

Note that even though 'fortnight' isn't really used in English, coicís is still used in Irish.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

Fortnight may not be used in US English, but it's still common in Ireland.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bemk92
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I know the word fortnight to be used in the UK, at the very least. Haven't heard it much from people from the other side of the big pond though, to be honest.

Also don't know how often it is used by people outside of the British Isles.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ClionaJoyce

Oh so maybe originally 15 days! thank you

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Michalm280757
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That's what got me started :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SilverDolphin218

Ooh, I remember doing this in school! Maybe I'll try some of the activities myself. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/harps12345

proud to be irish

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
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Cool! I start working on it :)

2 years ago
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