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The Irish For: Cans, Tans and Summer Plans

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This is the latest dispatch from our columnist Darach Ó Séaghdha, author of the award-winning and bestselling Motherfoclóir. Every Sunday morning, Darach will be regaling (re-Gaeling?) us with insights on what the Irish language says about Ireland, our society, our past and our present. Enjoy.

LIKE AN OLD friend who you don’t really feel like seeing at the moment, June has arrived and brought with it the peculiar beast that is summertime in Ireland.

Samhradh comes with a sense of disappointment, rarely delivering on its promises of sunshine and gaiety.

It’s bad enough that it rains when you make any outdoor plans but the vinegar in the wound is surely the plethora of Dad jokes about the weather, like “that’s summer over so” anytime a cloud passes.

June brings the Leaving Cert examinations and for too many people, it is their farewell to the Irish language.

That was certainly how I felt when my own time came, but as more........

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