https://www.duolingo.com/breigin

Have you got 5 mins to help protect the Irish language in Northern Ireland?!!

Dia Daoibh,

Northern Ireland... It's a complicated place to say the least, with not everyone being as in love with the Irish language you you all are, but, we are hoping that can change, with a little bit of help of Duolingo Irish language learners!!!

To make things a little bit more simple: Northern Ireland is the only place in the United Kingdom that doesn't have any legislation protecting the native language of that region. One half of our current government have consistently ignored the Irish language. They have seen it as a political weapon, but now, thankfully, there is a glimmer of hope. They want to engage with Irish speakers, in order to better understand why people love to learn and speak Irish so much.

I am asking you, the diverse, wonderful Duolingo community, to take 5 mins write a brief email explaining who you are, where you live, and why you love the Irish language. You don't need to have any connections to Northern Ireland, or even have visited the country. All that is need are a few words of support for the language. If you are feeling adventurous, you can even invite the politicians to where you live to see the language being kept alive first hand!

The lady to contact is called Arlene Foster and her email address is below:

info@executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk

Go raibh mile maith agat!

1 year ago

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Patrick.-
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Hi! I'm not Naomh Padráig, but all Irish speakers will be able to know my name. Whether you believe it or not, I'm from Lima, Perú. I beleive there are just a few peruvians learning Irish, but well, that's a start. I love Irish Language cause it's one of the oldest languages of all. The words are so complex and beautiful, and I also wanted to learn Irish cause my frist name is Patrick= Padráig in Irish. And I wanted to honor my name by learning its riginal language.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
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Your name’s original language is Latin — both Patrick and Pádraig came from Patricius.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/proinsias123

''They want to engage with Irish speakers''. Jesus.

Don't be fooled by ''lady'' Arlene or the DUP. You are an alligator to them. They are sickened by all things Irish, and, due to the RHI scandal and stealing millions from the public, their support of Brexit despite everyone else being opposed, and the recent domination by Sinn Féin making unionism no longer a majority for the first time in northern Ireland's history, this is just one of their last desperate attempts to keep the illegal affront to democracy that is the statelet of northern Ireland in the union. Too late. Ireland united is just around the bend.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Stephen__B
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Dia is Muire duit, a breigin. Done. Best of luck with your good work.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/breigin

Thanks everyone for your comments and support!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TseDanylo
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As much as we all love the Irish language, the situation in Northern Ireland is very messy. There is no right answer to this question. Northern Ireland is a beautiful blend of Scots, English and Irish but sadly they do not get along.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Stephen__B
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When state funding is being refused to Irish-language schools it's pretty clear that legislative protection for Irish language speakers is one of the right answers. Respecting the rights of Irish speakers is part of getting along.

1 year ago
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