[lg policy] Teaching Irish in Connemara 1907

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat Aug 20 13:42:40 UTC 2011

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Teaching Irish in Connemara 1907

It may sound like a contradiction of terms, but teaching the Irish
language in the opening decades of the last century could also be a
method of teaching English. Irish was the spoken language in most
homes of the west of Ireland, but it was recognised that knowledge of
English was essential when emigration was usually the only way a young
man or girl could better themselves. It is to the great credit of the
Gaelic League, established in 1893 to promote the teaching of Irish in
all national schools, that it recognised that fact.

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