I just had a brilliant idea.
In the 1920's the then Irish government had the vision and foresight to relocate a whole irish-speaking village from Connemara to Ráth Cairn in Co. Meath. And Ráth Cairn is now the only Gaeltacht in Leinster.
The future of the Irish language needs some of this vision and foresight again.
How about creating a small Gaeltacht in Dublin city. It would be similar to a proposed Chinatown in Parnell Street East.
If we put an Irish language cultural centre at the heart of this new community as well as the offices for Conradh na Gaeilge, Gaelinn and obviously a Welcome centre where people can come speak Irish.
We could put in a café, restaurant, supermarket, bakery, all of which could have bilingual Irish-English speaking staff.
We could even bring in kids from Connemara to work in the supermarkets, get bilingual managers to run the establishments.
Something like a Gaeltacht Quarter would bring in huge revenue.
Think about all the American tourists browsing the shops, they would love it.
If we can have a Chinatown why can't we have a Gaeltacht Quarter.