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Discussion of Irish Language on PRI

Public Radio International

Great podcast on Irish. It discusses history of Irish/Ireland, Gaelic revival, opposition to the language, and challenges learners have faced.

At the bottom of the page is a link to TG Lurgan's video of Avicii's "Wake Me Up!" as Gaeilge.

Podcast Contents

0:10 My father learned Irish in a new nation.

1:42 "There was an enormous psychological resistance to learning the language"

2:20 The beginnings of Irish.

4:10 The crucial initial moment in the decline of Irish.

5:20 How the Catholic Church helped the colonial government drive the language to the fringes of society.

6:30 "A generation has to come to believe that their language is a burden."

8:10 The Gaelic revival.

9:50 Jim McCloskey summers in a Gaeltacht, an Irish-speaking region.

13:10 Iarla O'Halloran grew up initially speaking Irish.

14:35 "There was an ideological aspect" to the Irish language curriculum in schools.

16:30 Iarla discovers idiomatic, scatalogical Irish. (Irish has a ton of wonderful expressions.)

17:45 The support of the diaspora.

18:05 An American family of distant Irish ancestry speaks Irish at home.

19:00 Jaye Padgett explains the consonant pronunciation project that he's working on with colleagues at UC-Santa Cruz and University College, Dublin.

21:50 Language purists message to the new urban Irish: don't mess with the language.

22:50 A new perspective: the role of Irish in the global context of the loss of linguistic diversity.

27:10 Patrick's father's regrets.

Music in the podcast

0:00 "Dramamine" by Podington Bear

6:00 "Interference" by Hugo Paquette

11:05 "Coinleach Glas an Fhómhair" by Róisín Elsafty

14:52 "The Mussels" by Osvaldo Cibils

20:42 "Calm" by Alexander Boyes

24:00 Stiofán Ó Fearaíl sings an Irish language version of the Aviici song, "Wake Me Up" The video features students at the Coláiste Lurga in Indreabhán, County Galway.

1 year ago

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Counting Stars is better as gaelge than Wake Me Up.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SeanHakam

Counting Stars

Personal preference :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

Thanks. This was an interesting program to listen to.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SeanHakam

I'm in graduate school currently and love digging deeper on topics to find out the "why".

1 year ago
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