The healing tongue: Irish learners in Belfast finding common heritage and common ground. Continue reading The healing tongue: Irish learners in Belfast finding common heritage and common ground
A trip to Dublin the day before the State visit of Her Majesty The Queen takes some interesting turns around the city. Continue reading One Royalist, three Americans, as Dublin prepares to welcome Queen Elizabeth II
On Accession Day, I thought I’d give a little hand to all the Ulstermen and women who seem to have some confusion about the words of the National Anthem. Continue reading “it’s not difficult to get the words right”
Townlands in our addresses
It seems that the Culture, arts and leisure committee at Stormont is managing to tackle real issues. Today there is a call from the Committee to use townland names in postal addresses. They are saying that the address for the Northern Ireland Assembly would now be:
We have a rich cultural heritage in our placenames in Northern Ireland, but sadly there are far too few times when we see the original language (Gaeilge) in use on public signs. This is probably due to the language being seen to be “Nationalist” and therefore not of interest to the rest of the population. However, I would contend that it is of interest to both those who live here – and those that visit this small part of the world. Why should we just give the names of our towns in English? Often they make more sense when given … Continue reading Placenames – a sense of history
Following on from my post about the support of HM Government in the United Kingdom of the ban on the use of Irish in the courts of this land, I was in Kelly’s Cellars in Belfast and saw a sticker on the wall, but being me I didn’t quite like the design – so have made a new design…. Continue reading Aisghairigí an Péindlí Deireanach!