For anyone interested in how Irish is actually used in Ireland, I'd recommend watching this short series on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyll-bBZzyk (it's a few years old, you can probably tell from the music used, but still relevant nonetheless) Is é an clár trí gaeilge, mar sin tá sé go iontach a feabhas a chur ar do gaeilge freisin.
If anyone has any similar programs please share!
I disagree with this show, wholly and fully. The dude's a total jerk about how he comes off - no wonder nobody wants to talk to him.
He appeared on an RTÉ comedy programme called 'The Panel' when this came out saying he has no regard for Irish whatsoever and is indifferent to whether it lives or dies.
He's a príck!
You might enjoy watching Des Bishop's "In the Name of the Fada". It's a six part series that follows him as he sets himself the challenge of learning Irish in a year in the Connemara Gaeltacht, to the point where he can do a stand up comedy gig as gaeilge. It's from 2008, but I think the videos can be found online.
I really enjoyed "In the Name of the Fada". I watched it at the very beginning of my Irish lessons on Duolingo, and then watched it again recently and was pleasantly surprised that I could understand many of the conversations as Gaeilge. Not all of it, but much more. That's pretty neat.
The No Béarla guy is a bit of a jerk, but I still enjoyed that program, too.
Very interesting. The host seems to be operating from mixed premises. He starts out with the assertion that Irish is dead and wants to prove it, then acts so disappointed in the Irish people who confirm his hypothesis. He seems to enjoy being fluent in Irish, so why take such a negative approach instead of being more encouraging to his fellow Irish?
I also don't find it terribly surprising or discouraging that the Dublin tourism office doesn't cater much to Irish, unless they're expecting a lot of intranational tourism from the Gaeltacht?
(The host uses Béarla at 8:08 :)