Collaborating Celts: The Need for a New Celtic Union

When I went to university, I was in a very lucky and privileged position. I had been encouraged by my parents to choose a degree course that I would enjoy, and not just one which may contribute to my career (which, at the time, I was certain would be in broadcasting). My first choice on my CAO form was Business through Irish, a course which I thought would combine my passion for the Irish language with a supposedly practical business degree. When I got my Leaving Cert results, however, I didn’t pass the minimum requirement in maths to get a place on that course, so I went with my second option of Arts at University College Dublin.

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In Search of Scottish Gaelic

In a community leisure centre, five long posters hang from the hall’s ceiling. On one of them, the words “D’Alba” – meaning “Your Scotland” in Gaelic – are printed in a large, colourful design. The others advertise language courses, using buzzwords to stand out, like “heritage”, “fun”, “history”, “opportunity”, and “heart”. Continue reading “In Search of Scottish Gaelic”