In an era where the Irish language makes few headlines, it seems a great pity that one of them has to be for negative reasons. According to the Evening Herald (12/2/08) the Irish language poet Ó Searcaigh has supposedly fled his Donegal bungalow, in the light of the recent allegations regarding his under-age sexual relations with Nepali boys. The director, Neasa Ní Chianain was “supposedly” forced to contact the police when Ó Searcaigh went into details on his “relationships” with these boys in her documentary “A Fairytale in Nepal”. What makes the allegations even worse are the other writers/artists (including the renowned Máire Mac an tSaoi) who have leapt to the poet’s defence, in the light of his clearly criminal actions. Both of the above writers are on the Irish Leaving Certificate and I can only hope that Ó Searcaigh’s work is removed from the curriculum ASAP. This man does not deserve to be associated with the beauty and history of the Irish language.
While the setting up of a new gaeltacht is not entirely current news, it is something important to me and an issue I feel worthy of that all-important first blog!
In October, The Irish Independent reported that a group of gaeilgeoirí are planning to set up a gaeltacht area in the Meath/Cavan area. Over 300 people have expressed an interest. This is exactly what the Irish language needs if it is going to flourish in the twenty-first century. While some are cynical to such a move, this is the very way in which the Rathcarn Gaeltacht was established in the 1930s. There is an apparent need for more places in which Irish can be used without being stared at or people just not having a clue about what’s being said. I have logged onto the website baile and am watching this space!