25 episodes

A conversation about the Irish language and its history for anyone curious about their relationship with it and its role in our identity.

From real life stories and experiences, to historical insights and thought-provoking theories, the podcast takes listeners on a culture rich journey through the evolution of the Irish Language.

Visit the official website at - https://thelanguagequestion.com

The Language Question - Ceist na Teangan Finghin Mac Cárthaigh - Flor McCarthy

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    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

A conversation about the Irish language and its history for anyone curious about their relationship with it and its role in our identity.

From real life stories and experiences, to historical insights and thought-provoking theories, the podcast takes listeners on a culture rich journey through the evolution of the Irish Language.

Visit the official website at - https://thelanguagequestion.com

    #24 Scríbhneoirí na Gaelainne Nua - A Conversation with Éilis Neary

    #24 Scríbhneoirí na Gaelainne Nua - A Conversation with Éilis Neary

    In the latest episode of The Language Question, we dive into the world of contemporary Irish language literature with the incredibly insightful Éilis Neary. As a PhD candidate and a passionate advocate for the Irish language, Éilis shares her unique journey from discovering her love for the language in Dublin to becoming a published author and illustrator. Our conversation spans the challenges and triumphs of writing in Irish, the importance of community support for language learners, and the evolving landscape of Irish literature. Éilis's experiences and insights are a testament to the vibrant future of the Irish language and its literature. Join us for an exploration of the power of language to shape identities, communities, and futures.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    #23 The Power of Individual Action - A Conversation with Derek Hollingsworth

    #23 The Power of Individual Action - A Conversation with Derek Hollingsworth

    In this episode, we delve into the captivating journey of Derek Hollingsworth, a man who transformed from having no Irish language in his life to becoming a cornerstone of the Irish language community in Dublin 15. Derek's story is a powerful testament to the impact of individual action and the profound role of the Irish language in shaping personal and community identity. Through his experiences, we explore the challenges, successes, and the undeniable passion that drives the revival and promotion of our cherished language. Join us for an inspiring conversation that reaffirms the importance of reconnecting with our heritage and the difference one person can make in the vibrant tapestry of the Irish language and culture.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    #22 An Calafóirneach Gaelach - A Conversation with Séathrún Sardina

    #22 An Calafóirneach Gaelach - A Conversation with Séathrún Sardina

    In this captivating episode of The Language Question, I, sit down with Séathrún Sardina, an Irish language learner and activist whose journey from California to Dublin showcases the global reach and profound impact of the Irish language. Séathrún shares his unique story of discovery, connection, and activism, from initiating "Pop Up Gaeltachts" in San Diego to advocating for the language's presence in academic and community settings. His experiences offer a fascinating insight into the challenges and triumphs of embracing the Irish language, highlighting its significance beyond Ireland's borders. Join us for a conversation that bridges continents and cultures, underscoring the Irish language's enduring relevance and vitality.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    #21 Banríon an Ghrinn - A Conversation with Áine Gallagher

    #21 Banríon an Ghrinn - A Conversation with Áine Gallagher

    In this episode, I engage in a delightful conversation with Áine Gallagher, known as the "Queen of the Offbeat" in Irish comedy. We explore her fascinating journey with the Irish language, from her early educational experiences to her unique blend of bilingual comedy. Áine's insights into the challenges of learning and using Gaeilge, both on and off the stage, are not only enlightening but also filled with her trademark humour. This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the intersection of language, culture, and comedy, and for those curious about the personal and cultural dimensions of embracing the Irish language in contemporary times. Join us for an episode that promises to be as entertaining as it is insightful.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    #20 An Gaeilgeoir Ar Líne - The Online Gaeilgeoir: A Conversation with Mollie Guidera

    #20 An Gaeilgeoir Ar Líne - The Online Gaeilgeoir: A Conversation with Mollie Guidera

    In this enlightening episode, we engage in a captivating conversation with Mollie Guidera, founder of 'Irish with Mollie'. Delve into Mollie's journey from learning Irish in primary school to becoming an international Irish language educator. We explore the power of Irish in shaping identity, the joys and challenges of language learning, and the future of Irish in a global context. This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the Irish language, its impact on personal and cultural identity, and the vision of a bilingual Ireland. Join us in rediscovering the beauty and significance of our native tongue.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    #19 Ag Filleadh Arís - Coming Back Again: A Conversation with Eóin Killackey

    #19 Ag Filleadh Arís - Coming Back Again: A Conversation with Eóin Killackey

    In this fascinating episode of The Language Question, I had the privilege of speaking with Professor Eóin Killackey, an individual with a compelling story of reconnection with his Irish roots. Eóin shares his journey with the Irish language after moving from the UK, where he was born to Irish parents, to Australia as a young child. We explore the deep ties between language, identity, and heritage, delve into the global Irish language community, and discuss the broader themes of colonialism and indigenous identity. Eóin's personal anecdotes and insights provide a unique perspective on the evolving nature of language and its enduring impact on our sense of self and connection to our ancestry. Eóin's story is not just about language; it's about the discovery of self and heritage.

    • 1 hr 23 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

C23cs ,

Great podcast!

This is a great podcast that gives a wide variety of interesting perspectives on learning and living as Gaeilge!

Monkey Bridge Arts ,

Wonderful podcast!

This is a wonderful podcast for anyone interested in the Irish language in particular and the relationship of people to the language. It is also a very interesting resource for anyone who is interested in questions of identity and language that come up when studying any language, I think. As a bilingual person who speaks Japanese as a second language, I have found many of the topics in this podcast relate very much to my experience not only of learning Irish, but also to my experience of learning Japanese as a non-Japanese person.

Since I started learning Irish last year, many of the same issues of my own identity have come up. I have discovered many connections between learning Irish and my journey with Japanese and marrying into a Japanese family. This podcast has made me think that perhaps questions of identity and language are quite a universal phenomena. I have enjoyed discovering a new sense of community through this podcast.

Thank you very much for a very thought-provoking and supportive podcast that has not only enriched my study of Irish, but has also encouraged me in my ongoing study of Japanese.

Sheila McNellis Asato

BK301320 ,

Great podcast

I really enjoy this podcast, and recommend it for any others who are interested in learning Irish, or learning more about the history of the language, of how it’s been taught and learned and lived with over the years, and looking forward into the future too. It’s really enhancing and rounding out my understanding of the language and how it fits in with the history of the country and its people.

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