Coming Home: One man's return to the Irish Language
‘Some part of me believed I would become a more complete person if I spoke Irish, more in tune with my roots, my identity, my very being.’
‘A hugely enjoyable linguistic travelogue that is also a sort of love story: full of passion, lightness, but, also, commitment. McCaughan’s engaging prose is a joy to read. Discover the Sex Pistols’ connection with Cúil Aodha and many...more
Irish is making tremendous strides in the north, across sectarian lines, as talented organizers and educators set up language schools and evan ...more
Highly recommended to anyone with even the slightest interest in the Irish language.
I was particularly taken by the brief description of dúchas, and what they meant historically and how Irish speakers often still refer to them. Dúchas are tendencies or traits - Skills, weakness, etc,. we inherit from ...more
The author describes his methods and motivation ...more
As I was reading it while travelling the West, it felt quite interesting to live through his exploration while road-triping among the Gaeltacht of Donegal and seeing some of the schools he was writing about. Part personal journey through the lerning, part snapshot of what it means to be speaking the language and the difference between the different ways of handling the revival, I found it easy to read, accessible an ...more
He doesn't shy away from the multitudes of people who have varying feelings, positive and negative, towards the language, and he lays out historical context for the conflicted feelings many Irish people have towards Irish.