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CHAT Irish (was: Ms. Gunn)

From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 10, 2002, 5:35
On Tuesday, July 9, 2002, at 02:27 , Keith Gaughan wrote:


> Most Irish people look at the North with a sense of annoyance -
..and so do most this side of the Irish Sea also.
> you wouldn't believe the number of people who'd like to detach > it from the rest of the island and set it adrift out in the > middle of the Atlantic. The English feel much the same way in > general.
Absolutely! {snip}
> Gaelic is dying in Ireland because there's no fostering of a love of > the language.
Tho I understand its use has actually grown among the 'nationalist' community in the six counties. I've have seen it stated that Belfast is the only place where a daily newspaper is published in a Celtic lang. But I guess that's largely prompted by a desire to emphasize their Irishness in opposition to the strident claims to be "Ulster Scots" by the other tribe they share the six counties with. {snip}
> There is a composite Gaelic used - it's called Irish. It's a composite > of the three divergent dialects in the country: Munster, Connacht and > Ulster Gaelic.
The latter spoken IIRC in County Donegal - a reminder that Ulster is not synonymous with the six counties.
> If Gaelic dies, it won't be because of a lack of unification efforts, > it'll be because nobody cares anymore.
Which IMO would be very sad. Ray.