I turned to Sinead the other day and I said, I said “Is it weird that I like Irish class more than English?”
The response was a most obvious yes but I really don’t care. 🙂 I’m pretty sure it’s because my Irish teacher is particularly kick ass, but it’s not just that the subject is getting easier (after what, like, 14 years?), it seems like a new appreciation for Gaeilge is starting to emerge.
For years, I was one of those constantly moaning about why we had to learn Irish, that it wasn’t even an official language according to the EU, that it was entirely useless to me in the grand scheme of things. Today I told my sister that I wished I was able to speak more fluently and we then had a horrendously grammared conversation as Gaeilge. The language is not just the words we used to speak before English took prominence, its a connection to our history (I was revising stair na gaeilge today), to our culture. For Scrudu Cainte prep at the moment, we have to discuss the decline of Gaeilge and the danger the Gaeltacht areas are in. It really brings to focus how unimprtant all this is in the eyes of the public. Its a shame I only realise this with a mere eight months left of secondary school.
Mar a deir an seanfhocal, Tir gan teanga, Tir gan anam.