[Hpr] Any Gaelic speakers on the list?

Mike Ray mike at raspberryvi.org
Thu Aug 10 06:39:30 UTC 2023


If I am honest I am only regurgitating what somebody told me on 
Facebook. I don't pretend to really know for sure.

I asked the same question in a local forum and started a spat between a 
Scot who told us she only remembered enough Gaelic to fill in the forms 
to get out of there (direct quote) and another lady who I guess was 
either Irish or just a typical Facebook lurking moaning mini.


On 09/08/2023 21:10, Ken Fallon via Hpr wrote:
> Hi Mike,
>  > The word 'Scottish' is redundant in that sentence and is only there 
> because some people think Irish can also be called Gaelic.
> I'm interested to know why you would say that Irish is not Gaelic ? Are 
> you perhaps thinking that Irish people speaking the English Language is 
> the "Irish" Language ?
>   * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_language
>   * https://www.rte.ie/gaeilge/
>   * https://www.rte.ie/radio/rnag/
> To answer your question I was fluent in "/Caighdeán /Irish" having gone 
> to 1st level in a Gaelscoileanna, Irish Language Only School. There we 
> learned everything including English using the Irish language.
> That said, it's been decades since I have used it, although  I can still 
> follow Munster Irish, but Galway and Donnegal Irish is tough. I've been 
> able to get the jist of some BBC Alba programs.
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Michael A. Ray
Software engineer
Witley, Surrey, South-east UK


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