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The Irish For: The perception that Irish is intimately linked to Catholicism is too widely held

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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.

ONE OF THE side projects I started to capitalise on the popularity of @theirishfor is the @motherfocloir Twitter account, which changes curator each week. Each curator has a different experience of the Irish language: some have studied it to a postgraduate level and work in an area where they use it every day, some are returning to study it as adults, some are taking their first steps with Duolingo after watching Black 47 or An Klondike.

Some grew up in Gaeltacht areas and some are parents preparing to send a child to a Gaelscoil, valuing a language they wish they spoke better themselves. It’s a wide spectrum of backgrounds and opinions, living very different lives in Ireland and beyond.

Knowing this, I was surprised when a chap contacted @motherfocloir a few weeks ago during Pride/Bród,........

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