Beo, Gaelach, Bródúil – you wouldn’t think we’d have to – but we do!

"Hearts with one purpose alone", oil painting by Eoin Mac Lochlainn, 2005
“Hearts with one purpose alone” – by Eoin Mac Lochlainn, 2005

Serious fun last Saturday – see the English translation down below…

Dhath mé pictiúr tráth, pictiúr leis an teideal: “Glaine inár gcroí, neart inár ngéag is beart de réir ár mbriathar”. Ba é sin an mana a bhí ag Fionn agus na Fianna fadó.

Bhí an pictiúr seo san taispeántas Aiséirí/ Requiem i Phríosún Chill Mhaighneann sa bhliain 2005 ach bhí mé ag smaoineamh air aríst agus mé ar mhórshiúl a bhí ar siúl an deireadh seachtaine seo caite mar chuid de Bhliain na Gaeilge.

Bhí sé an-deas idir óg agus aosta a fheiscint ag cantain, ag rince is ag craobhscaoileadh an “tsoiscéil” nua – Táimid Beo, Gaelach agus Bródúil!

Agus cén fáth go raibh dhá theideal éagsúla agam ar an bpictiúr úd?  Bhuel, nach iomaí bealach le cat a mharú seachas é a thachtadh le h-im. Go minic bíonn níos mó ná brí amháin ag pictiúr agus – nach mbíonn bealaí éagsúla ag daoine len iad féin a chur i láthair?

scannán de chuid RTÉ

Bhí slua mór ann a tháinig ó chian is ó chóngar le páirt a ghlacadh san ócáid iontach seo. Shiúl muid ó Chearnóg Pharnell go dtí Cearnóg Mhuirfean agus – cé a bhí ag fanacht orainn ag ceann scríbe ach Uachtarán na hÉireann – Michael D. Ó hUiggín.

Labhair sé go spreagúil agus dúirt sé linn gurb í an teanga an chuid is támhachtaí den chultúr. “Tír gan Teanga, Tír gan Anam”. D’impigh sé orainn í a labhairt chomh minic is a d’fhéadfadh muid. (Níor luaigh sé blaganna ach tá mé cinnte go raibh sé sin i gceist aige chomh maith).

photo by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of Beo, Gaelach agus Bródúil parade

But of course, not everyone agrees…

Now, you probably gathered from the video above that there was a great celebration and parade in Dublin last weekend – and Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland gave a wonderful inspirational speech regarding Bliain na Gaeilge or the Year of the Irish Language (2018).

He said that the Irish Language was the most essential part of our Irish culture. As Patrick Pearse once wrote: Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam  – ie – a country without a language is a country without a soul.

But why did we have to parade? Why can’t we just have our language and not be derided for speaking it? As TV presenter Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh said: Lig liom!  Leave me alone with my language. I ask you: Does the world have be taken over by the English language, or by Chinese or Indian maybe?  Would that be ok with you?

For me, I think that the world would be poorer for the loss of our local languages. What do you think? Your comments are always welcome – down below at the bottom of the post, thanks, eoin

http://www.president.ie/ga

http://www.gael-linn.ie/courses

Bliain na Gaeilge

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5 comments

  1. ‘Is fearr Gaeilge briste na Cliste?’ ; I suggest Gaelgoiri stop correcting those who DARE to start speaking or writing ; like the absence of fadas here ! it cauterises new shoots ………The important thing is to cross the threshold and START ? BTW Happy Earth Day !; leave your plastic at the Supermarket /shop tomorrow ; nationwide effort …………………………

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    • And Happy Earth Day on Sunday to you too Paul. I agree with you about ‘Gaeilge Briste’ – I love to come across people who want to speak Irish, no matter what level they’re at. Did I put a fada on one of your comments sometime? I’m sorry if I offended you. I’m just a learner myself – I’m doing an online course at the moment so I’m very conscious of fadas and grammar and all that stuff. Slán go fóill, eoin

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