Lets face it, the attempts to revive Gaeilge have been an abject expensive failure. Apart from English, the vibrant languages being spoken by large swathes of our population are certainly alive and well.
Anyway, while walking slowly along a narrow path and burdened with some heavy bags it came to my attention that a couple of 'new irish' were walking behind me and frustrated with the speed of my progress. There followed a tirade in one of these languages. Unbeknownst to these individuals, i understood pretty much every word. It was not 'Cead mile failte' - in fact it was the kind of invective we were never taught in Irish class.
It was not so much a case of 'feel the love' as 'do not be played for a fool'. There was certainly no love in the tirade. I was shocked but still glad to have enough vocabulary to know hostility when i hear it.
So, should we still bang our heads against the wall with Gaeilge, or should we learn another language or three and know what the people around us are saying about us ?
Languages Spoken in Ireland - Lexiophiles