art, Gaeilge

Conversations on the edge of Europe

painting of the sea by Eoin Mac Lochlainn

Aisteach go leor, leanann Seachtain na Gaeilge ar feadh coicíse nó níos mó! (I’m writing in Irish again today because it’s still Seachtain na Gaeilge – the Irish Language festival – Happy St.Patrick’s Day, by the way) Ach má leanann, cén dochair, nach deas an rud é?

Tá mé díreach tar éis teacht abhaile ó Chill Rialaigh, in aice le Baile an Sceilg, i nGaeltacht Chiarraí. Hmmm, Gaeltacht an ea?  D’iarr mé ar fear faoi seo an chéad lá a bhí mé ann agus, céard a dúirt sé ach: “Wasn’t there something about them giving us the five pound note for going to school (I never got it)”, a deir sé. “Neither did I”, arsa mise, nár thóg mo thuismitheoirí mé le Gaeilge i mBaile Átha Cliath fadó – mar go raibh fís acu.

Ach ansin, dúirt mo dheartháir liom: Cé nach bhfuil an Ghaeilge ró-láidir ar leithinis Uíbh Ráthaigh, tá sí níos láidre i gCorca Dhuibhne. Is cuimhin liom, thárla an rud céanna anuraidh agus mé thuas i nGort a’ Choirce, i nGaeltacht Thír Chonaill. Dúirt sé liom: Cé nach bhfuil sí ró-láidir i gCloch Cheann Fhaola, tá sí níos láidre i nGaoth Dobhair…

A cháirde… tá an taoide ag trá. Cá bhfuil an Ghaeltacht anois? Cá bhfuil an saibhreas, an fhoinse…? Ní féidir liomsa í a aimsiú. Cinnte, tá Gaeltachtaín bheag agam i mo charr, tá sí ar mo raidió, ar Raidió na Gaeltachta. Tá sé go h-an dheas a bheith ag éisteacht leis – ach ba mhaith liom caint le duine eicint beo ó am go h-am.

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6 thoughts on “Conversations on the edge of Europe

  1. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day Eoin! The Irish language seems pretty interesting, I tried to learn it but I gave up after the first couple of lessons 🙂

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  2. Irish looks like a very interesting language, Eoin, I wonder how long it would take me to learn it. Couldn’t see any words that would look familiar… Yes, this post is just a “knitted” text containing strange letters and strange letter combinations. K.

    P.S. Tikiuosi, kad linksmai praleidai Šventojo Patriko dieną. Būtų idomu sužinoti kaip ji švenčiama – ar būtina rengtis žaliai, ar valgomi kokie ypatingi patiekalai. (Sorry, I couln’t resist!)

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