Donaghmede, an established suburb in North Dublin, is not a place normally associated with a revival of the Irish language, but there is a growing local interest in speaking Irish. Bíonn daoine sásta Gaeilge a labhairt i nDomhnach Míde.
Retailers in the Donaghmede Shopping Centre in Dublin are encouraging the use of the Irish and people are attempting to bring the language into their everyday lives. Is féidir le muintir Domhnach Míde a gcuid siopadóireacht a dhéanamh trí meán na Gaeilge.
Teacher Liam Bairéad believes the catalyst for the revival is the local Gaelscoil, Scoil Bhríde. In his opinion the all-Irish school forms a network of Irish speakers, all from the Donaghmede area, and everything stems from there.
What we have here is really part of a community effort, really grows out of the organic community.
During Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Language Week) many of the signs in Donaghmede Shopping Centre are bilingual and everyone is encouraged to give Irish a go. Most shoppers agree this is a good idea and feel they would be encouraged to use the language if somebody spoke Irish to them.
If everybody was at it, why not?
An RTÉ News report by Maggie O'Kane broadcast on 30 May 1986.