A sad story

Last Monday was called Blue Monday and- sorry about this- today is Blue Friday.

Last Monday was called Blue Monday and- sorry about this- today is Blue Friday.

If you go to the Nuacht24 internet site, you get a message from the owners: ‘Would you like to buy this domain?’ Apparently, yet another Irish language service is no more. We lost gaelport. We lost ‘Foinse’. We still have Nuacht RTÉ, which provides a very good service. There is also tuairisc.ie. This is the online newspaper which replaced the printed newspaper, Gaelscéal. It is fairly good, but it is very limited: it is a magazine more than a newspaper. ‘Seachtain’ is published free with the Indo every Wednesday. It caters more for teenagers. I am not complaining about that – we need publications for young people. ‘Seachtain’ is attractive, but again, it is limited. We need a proper newspaper, a newspaper that covers important national and international news, a paper which has space for opinions, a paper which attracts the best writers in the country. I must say that I miss ‘Foinse’, the supplement that came out with the Indo before ‘Seachtain’. It had an excellent staff who showed great imagination: as well as the weekly printed version there was a daily news service, and a lot of educational material was made available on the Foinse site. It is a pity we don’t have an independent printed paper. I think there is a space in the market for one. An Irish language paper should be able to attract advertising: after all, Irish speakers are also consumers. But at present Irish speakers are depending on English language papers like the ‘Journal’. By the way, the Journal’s connection with Irish goes back a long way: Irish speakers should be grateful to this paper for the role it has played in the revival of the language. In the past many of the great Donegal writers contributed to this paper.