The Gaelic Tongue

Published: 17 August 1913

The well known supporter of the Irish language, the Most Rev Dr O’Donnell, Lord Bishop of Raphoe, speaking in Letterkenny, has encouraged people to use Irish every day. The Lord Bishop acknowledged the increased availability of books and other learning materials to assist people in developing their Irish, and applauded the work of the Gaelic League across the country. He warned however that it was not enough to see Irish as a means of communication within certain social and cultural settings, but rather it should be used each and every day.

He told his audience that ‘those who are true to its spirit will avail of every chance to speak the native tongue. At the fireside and on public occasions it is reasonable to expect that all who can express their thoughts in Irish better than in any other language would not lay aside the language of their country’.

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