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Poll: Is it important to you that your kids learn Irish?

An bhfuil Gaeilge acu?

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LEARNING HOW TO spell words like úll, madra and cáca in Junior Infants is start of a linguistic journey for people all over Ireland. It’s a journey that usually continues at least until we leave secondary education.

In some cases, the journey can spark a lifelong love of the language, while for others it’s viewed as more of a hassle than a pleasure. Whatever your experience of learning Irish, the language has always been a part of our culture – but how we use it is changing.

Bank of Ireland this week introduced new ATMs that no longer offer the option to conduct your transaction as GaeilgeIt’s a move that Sinn Féin have called “a backwards step” and “very disappointing.”

While our ATMs may not feature any Irish-isms, our social media has plenty. In fact, next week will see the publication of a new Irish language book, Motherfoclóir, based on the popular Twitter account @theirishfor. The account offers approachable Irish to nearly 25,000 followers.

As creator Darach Ó Séaghdha explains: “Getting into the Irish language community isn’t something that will cost you to do. It’s not school-driven. And people really seem to have a genuine interest in it.”

So, tell us, is it important for you that your kids learn Irish?

Poll Results:

Yes, it's important in many ways. (1756)
No, it's a dead language. (177)
Yes, so that they do well in school. (56)
I don't know. (18)

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