The former bantam weight world champion Bernard Dunne didn't manage to pass his academic Irish exams in school... due to being exhausted from training the nights before the early-morning classes!
His interest in the language was kindled in the USA, encountering for example a Mexican-American family proud of their Mexican-Spanish language heritage.
He has now taken to learning the language with gusto, and is improving all the time, hoping to be proficient before too long: he is in a race with his children to get "fluent" first!
Kevin Myers and Paul McGrath have endorsed his efforts to encourage people across Ireland and the world to use whatever Irish they have, and to be proud to use it... hence Bród (Pride) and the Bród Club.
I was excited to read Bernard's interview on Beo! today; there was an infectious enthusiasm about it. I think it is partly because he is coming from a "tough area" of Dublin, his personal massive achievement of becoming a world boxing champion, and his willingness to turn the page on not acquiring Irish in a formal school setting and settting out to learn the language himself.
I am sorry if this has been discussed before. The Beo! article has lots of vocabulary help if you just roll your mouse over "difficult" phrases or words, if you'd like to have a go at reading it.
Anyway, what do you make of Bernard Dunne's public efforts with one of our two official languages? Do you agree there is something fresh about it? Or is it just more of the same?