From DIY punk rap to the continuum of excellence in Irish language television and broadcasting, Ray Cuddihy spoke to Brendan O' Connor about the importance of Irish 'alive in our imagination'

Due to the huge amount of love for newly-released feature film, An Cailín Ciúin, it could be seen as the beginning of a renaissance of the Irish language but Ray says An Cailín Ciúin whilst deserving of all of the praise it is receiving at home and internationally, it is part of 'the continuum of excellence in Irish language television and broadcasting'. In the last few years, films like Arracht and Song of Granite have brought Irish to new audiences but the roots of this cultural creativity stretch much further back, Cuddihy says.

Éist anseo le Stiúrthóir agus scríbhneoir, Colm Bairéad ag caint faoin scannán, An Cailín Ciúin ar an gclár, Bladhaire anseo

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Cuddihy, who presents his own radio show, Mise Freshin' spoke about the wealth of talent in the music scene who are making use of the Irish language as part of their art, framing Irish as the language of the street from West Belfast's DIY Punk rappers, Kneecap to Kerry poet and rapper, Súil Amháin, he says there is an element of activism which is similar to what happened in hip hop and in punk scenes.

Listen to Ray's radio show Mise Freshin' anseo

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Ray, who some people might also know as Múinteoir Ray from the Home School Hub says whilst there is a huge mix of abilities when it comes to Irish in schools, much of how children see the language is based on the attitude to the language they have internalised from outside the school.

Listen to Brendan O'Connor on RTÉ Radio One Saturdays and Sundays at 11am