Imelda May, one of Ireland's musical stalwarts and more recently, a poet, has expressed her sense of grief of not being able to speak Irish after watching TG4's Fleadh 2020.
Imelda is known for speaking from the heart. Her poem 'You don't get to be racist and Irish' resonated with so many people and it seems her sense of loss regarding the Irish language is common amongst her followers.
After watching #Fleadh2020 on @TG4TV I'm overcome with grief for the language that was stolen from me. The stories, poetry, songs that should be on my tongue. The embarrassment at having to learn like a child my own teanga that should never have been taken away from me. #gaeilge— Imelda May (@ImeldaOfficial) August 10, 2020
If you, like Imelda would like to learn more Irish, and feel more connected to the language, remember it's never too late.
Here are 3 quick wins
1. You could download Duolingo today and start building up your vocabulary
2. Look up your local ciorcal comhrá (many of which are now online)
3. Turn the dial to RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, Raidió na Life or TG4 at any time or look for some of the brilliant digital content online.