For most of us Irish finished with our schooldays with good memories and also with some bad recollections, there was an awful lot of negativity about our own language An Ghaeilge.
Some people are still striving to maintain an interest and promote it as best they can with varying degrees of success.
A Language of the European Union
It was not until the Gaelscoileanna came on the scene, Raidió na Gaeltachta, TG4 and Irish was made an official language of the European Union that people began to realise that Irish was an important part of ourselves.
Most people interested in Irish their biggest problem was to get ‘an deis cainte’ an opportunity to use the ‘cúpla focal’ in a friendly environment away from the classroom in a relaxed atmosphere.
Since the idea of the Pop Up Gaeltacht got under way last November it has attracted crowds of 300-500 in Dublin, as well as sessions in New York, Perth, Dubai, Vancover, la Paz in Bolivia, Cork, Limerick,Galway and of course Listowel, Lios Tuathail.
Castleisland’s Pop-Up Gaeltacht will be held as part of the Patrick O’Keeffe Music Festival on Saturday 28th October in Nana’s Bea Café starting at 2pm.
So if you want a chance to use the ‘cúpla focal, tae agus caife, gach saghas cístí, amhránaíocht agus craic go léir saor in aisce, bígí ann, tá fáilte romhaibh.’
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