Anonymous said: I was talking to my mam a few years ago about the decline of the Irish language since the 1800s and she said that besides her love of the language itself, the main reason why she doesn't want it to die out is because, and I quote, "it'll mean that the British will have won" and that's stuck with me ever since.
"tír gan teanga, tír gan anam." ur mommas a smart lady who knows what shes talking about
This is a bigger deal than this post lets on. The British came into Ireland and did everything they could to erase the Irish culture. They renamed everything on maps to get rid of the colloquial names of landmarks and roads and things that had been used for centuries. They also prevented the Irish language’s usage in education and government which has reduced its usage to under 80,000 people who use it outside of the educational system today (after a cultural revival).
Eh really, here was me thinking the nation state renamed places based on the medieval dindshenchas stories.
For example the hill of ward a traveller name from mac an bhaird became tlachtgha. A name that probably hadnt been used in a 1000 years but fit in with the nation state idea that there was only 1 ethnicity within its political boarders.
Lets take the example of naming things again. Look at Dublin city statues that stood for centuries pulled down or blown up all over the city. And the street names changed because they were norse, flemish and english derived ike the irish languages actually indigenous to leinster Yola and Fingallian.
Because Hoggen green was changed to College green no one planning the luas lines knew it was a haugr a burial ground. They ploughed through more of dublins archaeological history last week churning up graves and concreted over it again just like wood quay.
If you want to.speak gaelic, go for it. But you don’t have to hate england to do it. The reasons youre giving for hating england is all the republics doing
Yeah, the ‘hating England’ excuse for keeping up Irish is a weak one imo.
Its fing rediculous. Teach people to hate others in school and then tell them to love a language…
I think it was Douglas Hyde who came up with it. That fker didn’t even have a Jeckle side.
He did have vast amounts of land an a need for political autonomy though.