HUGGING THE BORDER

Continuum and Micro-Community
Sruth teangachaí

Irish remained the language of certain scattered and remote communities in many parts of Ireland until the 20th century. This was the case in certain northern counties, Antrim and Derry for example.

Of the nine counties of the province of Ulster, six of which make up the political territory known as Northern Ireland, the Irish language has been spoken by a continuum of generations only in the county of Donegal.

However, in recent decades, the acquisition and adoption of the language in urban areas in Northern Ireland has seen Irish become the prefered idiom of several micro-communities. The strongest of these communities is to be found in West Belfast, while West Derry - also known as Londonderry - is home to local speakers of Irish.

Transcript presents Cathal Ó Searcaigh, Gearóid Mac Lochlainn and Pádraig Ó Siadhail, three writers who have associations with Donegal, Belfast and Derry respectively.












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