Just back from this talk/lecture presented by Linda Ervine (wife of Brian, sister in law of David) fascinating stuff and very well presented. She gave much the same talk to the PUP conference...https://audioboo.fm/boos/1004825-pup...irish-language (loses a little of it's impact because of the lack of visuals) and I think she recently presented it to a SF workshop.
Another thing that doesn't come across in the audio is Linda's very obvious genuine passion for the Irish language. She gives a great insight to a forgotten or hidden narrative. I already knew some of it but was surprised to hear how anti-Irish the RCC was in the 1800's while at the same time Presbyterian minister's were roaming the country conducting services in Irish (hoping for converts of course!!).
PUP conference – Irish language, welfare reform, parading, Matt Baggott and the leader’s speech « Slugger O'TooleShe quoted Douglas Hyde, son of a Church of Ireland minister, who founded the Gaelic League in 1893, an organisation set up to preserve the Irish language. In 1905 he said:
''The Irish language, thank God, is neither Protestant nor Catholic, it is neither a Unionist nor a Separatist''.
BBC News - Breaking the Irish language barrier in east BelfastShe is now taking a sabbatical from her teaching job to be Irish language development officer for the East Belfast Mission.
She says demand for the classes is growing steadily.
"We started our first class last November, and that is continuing, and we started a new beginners class a couple of weeks ago," she said. "Altogether, we have almost 40 people learning Irish.
Somewhat fitting for the mad house that is OWC that the wife of the ex-PUP leader is one of the foremost unionist proponent's of the Irish language...