Discussion of Irish Language on PRI
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.
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.