Ón mblag go cló

alt liom san ‘Irishman’s Diary’ san Irish Times ar maidin, ag moladh úsáide Ghaelaigh do na h-eastáit sí atá ar fuaid na tíre tar éis imeacht ar fán an Tiogair Cheiltigh.    Ach ní bheadh alt ar bith ann gan an spreagadh a fuair mé ó lucht iGaeilge a spreag mé chun pínn.

Le tamall anuas, tá beagán dochais caillte agam mar iriseoir de bharr go bhfuil an chosúlacht ar an scéal go bhfuil mé ar ‘liosta dubh’ de shórt éigean a chinnteoidh nach mbeidh mo ghuth le clos i leithéidí ‘Gaelscéal’ is eile.   Is cosúil go bhfuil an méid atá le rá agam beagáinín ró chonspóideach.

Ach fuaireas spreagadh ó Shéamus Mhic Seáin – cé eile?- i bhfreagra a chuir sé ar thrachtaireacht uaim faoi ‘Ghaeltacht 2.0’ agus chuir mé peann le pár (go leictreonach) agus is é alt na maidine san Irish Times an toradh ar sin.

AN IRISHMAN”S DIARY

CONCUBHAR Ó LIATHáIN

GHOST ESTATES are a recent phenomenon. Housing developments lie empty throughout the country, thanks to the magical disappearing act of the Celtic Tiger. Being a recent Irish phenomenon, it has taken a little time for Irish language wordsmiths to come up with a translation.

“Eastáit na Si” or “Fairy Estates” is, of course, open to misinterpretation in today’s sexually-oriented parlance, but is an elegant Gaelicisation of this modern landmark feature and can be linked to the longstanding regard in which the Irish have held the “little people” or those from an “domhan eile”.

Traditionally, fairy forts have been respected lest the disturber would incur the wrath of the fairy folk, accounts of which feature in Sinéad de Valera’s much loved books of fairy tales.

The problem of an Irish language translation for the term ghost estates hasn’t been vexing our political rulers too much of late, however, as they have been grappling with the question of what will happen these vacant hamlets if they lie unoccupied for too long.

There may be a magical solution to the phenomenon of ghost estates/eastáit na sí which would result in the almost instantaneous occupation of these homes by Irish-speaking families.

My proposal is to designate a number of these estates as new Gaeltachtaí. There hasn’t been a new Gaeltacht, officially, since 1956, when the current boundaries for the Irish- speaking areas were set in legislation by Patrick Lindsay, the then Minister for the Gaeltacht.

There have been other attempts to establish Gaeltachtaí by dedicated communities in Cork and Belfast and these have had spectacular success with a significant benefit to society as a whole – though they haven’t received official recognition.

In Belfast, the Shaws Road Gaeltacht led to a renaissance in the Irish language in west Belfast, a revival which in turn generated a resurgence in the economy and confidence in that quarter of the city.

The new “Gaeltacht” in Cork, Ard Barra, led to the establishment of Coláiste an Phiarsaigh and Scoil na nÓg and the success of these schools prompted the establishment of several more Gaelscoileanna on the banks of the Lee.

It’s as if the Irish language in the hands of those who love it and use it daily, and not in the dead hand of Government bureaucrats, had spread a magic dust which turned all it touched to gold.

Official efforts to revive Irish such as the Official Languages Act have had the effect of increasing bureaucracy without any visible benefit to the use of Irish among the people.

The banishment of the Celtic Tiger has led to the emergence of this new opportunity. The growth of Gaelscoileanna – there’s at least one in every county in Ireland now – throughout Ireland is an indication that should there be a way of dealing with the red tape, the families to turn these empty shells into happy homes are there. Whereas before it was prohibitively expensive, now it’s affordable.

As the Government is shortly to assume ownership of these estates, is it too much to ask that it might make them available for this and other uses of possible social benefit rather than plough them into the ground? Already a group has been established in Dublin, under the auspices of the Irish language organisation, Comhluadar, to explore the possibilities of establishing a new Gaeltacht in the capital.

AN ADDITIONA L area of growth for the Irish-speaking community has been the online Gaeltacht which is different type of “other worldly” Gaeltacht. “Gaeltacht ár linne, Gaeltacht ar líne/The Gaeltacht of our time is the Gaeltacht Online” is the motto of this new movement and its growth is rapid as increasingly Irish speakers connect with each other using platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and the blogosphere. All this Irish language activity online goes under the term “Gaeltacht 2.0”.

This St Patrick’s Day will be the second ever #lnag – netspeak for Lá na Gaeilge – and Irish speakers at all levels of ability are being encouraged to use their Irish on the web on that day. All we’re being asked to do is to include “#lnag” in the text of our communication to ensure it’s transmitted, tweeted and re-tweeted throughout the web.

The virtual Gaeltacht 2.0 and the vision of Gaeltacht of “Eastát na Sí” complement one another perfectly as the online Gaeltacht provides the tools to draw together those people who have the interest and the drive to set about this new challenge.

Neither of these is dependent on grant-aid to thrive – though they might benefit from State support in the form of a less bureaucratic approach by the druids of officialdom.

Táim ar ais ar mo shean léim, b’fhéidir.

Ar aon nós, bainigí sult as an alt agus tá súil agam go gcuirfidh sé leis an bhfeachtas Gaeltacht 2.0 a bhlathú ar líne agus Gaeltachtaí nua a thabhairt chun cinn ar fuaid na tíre…..

9 dtuairim ar “Ón mblag go cló

  1. Iarla

    Sílim nár mhiste a chur in iúl chomh maith gur cheart eastáit fholmha ‘sí’ a dháileadh ar dhaoine a bhfuil ganntann tithíochta go ginearálta orthu nó a bhfuil cónaí orthu i bprochlaisí suaracha faoi láthair. D’fhéadfaí na tithe folmha sa Spidéal mar shampla a chur ar fáil do sheandaoine agus do dhaoine ar mhíchumais éagsúla ar fud Chonamara, agus d’fhéadfaí tithe altranais agus fiú scoileanna a dhéanamh as na hóstáin iomarcacha atá scaipthe ar fud na tíre. Cuireadh Gaelscoileanna ar bun i seanhallaí, in árasáin agus i dtithe príobháideacha cheana, le deathoil agus le fuinneamh na ndaoine óga gan áireamh nach bhfuil obair acu faoi láthair níl aon teorainn leis an úsáid a d’fhéadfaí a bhaint ar na foirgnimh fholmha.

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  2. igaeilge Údar an Ailt

    Is cinnte go bhfuil dealramh leis an moladh sin, Iarla. Seo foirgintí a dhéadfadh bheith ar leas an phobail ar fad ach an maorláthas a bhaineann leo a scuabadh as an slí. Caipteal an phobail na tithe seo anois. Is féidir linn iad a úsáid chun Gaeltachtaí nua a bhunú agus tithe a chur ar fáil do shean daoine is eile agus luach a bhaint astu nó is féidir linn iad a fhagaint ag an aimsir an luach a bhaint uatha. Cén chiall a bheadh le sin? Is cinnte nach bhfuil a dhothain Gaeilgeoirí ann go fóill chun gach tigh folamh – 345,000 nó mar sin.

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  3. Feargal Ó Cuilinn

    Bé sin cheann de na moltaí a phléadh ag cruinniú Chomhluadar an seachtain seo cháite ar lonnaíocht nua. Tá sé i gceist againn é a fhiosrú a thuile. Dá mba rud é gur bhronn an rialtas, “Eastát na Sí” amháin fiú, ar pobal na Gaeilge chuireadh sé in iúl do chách go bhfuilid i ndáirire ag tacú le lucht labhartha na Gaeilge agus athbheochan na Gaeilge. Míle buíochas don phoblíocht!

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  4. séamus Mac Seáin

    bhí mise i láthair ag an chruinniú sin de chuid Chomhluadar a luaigh Feargal, mar aoi, agus chuir sé iontas orm a oiread oibre a’s bhí déanta acu don ocáid agus gan ann ach an chéad oíche. Ba léir gur thuig said an bealach le dul i mbun scéim den chineál seo. Bhí bróisiúr de thrí scéim títhe i gcomharsanacht Bhaile Átha Cliath le feiceáil ar an oíche agus na tithe ina luí folamh iontu. Is rud é seo go dtiocfadh a thabhairt i gcríoch go scioptha ach cúpla duine a bhfócas iomlán a chaitheamh air ar feadh tamaill. Dá mbeadh ciall ar bith ag an Rialtas nó ag Foras na Gaeilge chuirfeadh siad beagan airgid taobh thiar den tógra mar thús ar an scéim atá acu le 250,000 cainteoir Gaeilge a dhéanamh taobh istigh de fhiche bliain. Samhlaigí é “Gaeltacht Uirbeach Bhaile Átha Cliath” mar thús phointe ar an 250,000. Tá comhluadar le moladh as seo a chur chun tosaigh. go néirí leo.

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  5. igaeilge Údar an Ailt

    Ní h-é nach bhfuilim sásta píosaí a scríobh don Gael, a Shéamuis. Táim, gan amhras. Ach chomh fada agus a feictear domsa é, is iris an Ghael a fhoilsítear uair sa cheathrú – b’fhéidir nach bhfuilim cruinn ar an gceist sin – agus fán am a smaoiním air, bionn an eagrán is déanaí foilsithe agus an chéad eagrán eile i bhfad uainn.
    Maidir leis an alt san Irishman’s Diary, bhuel sin mo chéad deis agus, cá bhfios, mo dheis deiridh, sa nuachtán inniu. Ní mór corr alt a bheith foilsithe i bhfoilseachán ar nós an IT nó an Sunday Indo chun go mbeidh duine ábalta bheith ag scríobh d’fhoilseacháin eile. Cothaíonn a leithéid éileamh agus, anuas ar sin, íocann siad roinnt billí!
    Ach abair liom an chéad spriocam eile d’fhoilsiú An Gael agus beidh mé i dteagmháil leat faoi chúpla tuairim atá agam d’altanna agus má tá tú sásta le ceann ar bith acu, tabharfaimíd faoi.

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  6. Séamas Ó Neachtain

    Alt ginearálta faoi na nuachtáin (nó rud eile ar bith) a bheadh oiriúnach am ar bith, sílim. Bíonn eagrán againn gach trí mhí, mar a thuig tú an scéal, agus beidh an ceann nua críochnaithe an tseachtain seo (níl le déanamh ach an profa a scrúdú). Ba mhaith liom gach alt nua a bheidh agam roimh lár Bealtaine, ach is fearr liom rudaí a fháil go luath más féidir sin, chun a bheith ábalta an t-eagrán a phleanáil ina iomlán. Níl aon mhéad áirithe de dhíth – scíobh mar ab áil leat.

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