> I don't really know what can be done to
> > > make it economically sensible to know how to speak Irish, but that's
> > > really what has caused the resurgence of interest in the Irish
> > > language...it's more a revival of national pride.
> > And what has brought that on?
I deleted my posts where I talked about this, but didn't I answer something
to the extent of, maybe "it's a thing who's time has come". Perhaps some of
the following comments by you are part of the reasons. Lets take a look.
> >A general change in the Irish mindset?
Perhpas turning from accepting the lack of regard for the native language
and the outright attempt to destroy it, to forming such things as the Gaelic
Laegue which began in the late 1800's. But then the Irish mindset has always
been one of determination and endurance.
> > Economic prosperity leading to a sense that Ireland and everything is
> > great after all?
I doubt a sense of economic prosperity has much to do with it. The sense of
Ireland and her native tongue being worth preserving live on regardless of
economic prosperity, not because of it, though I'm sure there are many who
would disagree. But come on....must everything come down to economics? It's
possible to value something because it's beautiful and dear to the hearts of
those who love it.
> Or a sense that, as Ireland becomes more and more a (small)
> > segment of an (ever growing) monolithic EU she is losing her identity...
yes I do think that concern exists, and I happen to share it.
> > quick let's grab what we can and treasure our Irishness.
sometimes your sarcasm is so subtle I let it go, and endeavor to remain
civil with you.Yet your tone here suggests a sense of sarcasm which adds
insult to the injury done to Irish culture by others who couldn't care less
whether it fades away or not. maybe you weren't trying to be sarcastic, and
if you weren't then fine...but you might want to work on your tact.
that statement conjures up an image of a large group of frightened people,
pitifully scrapping for anything they can to "treasure our Irishness".
It's a brave and powerful heart that chooses to stand for what it holds
dear, even in the face of the danger of it being lost. I hope you can admit
your statement was disrespectful.
> Nothing like the
> > threat of loss (real or imagined) to make what you have more precious.
Indeed. If you could have simply put it this way without the childish
sarcasm, you would have come across better.