Any news?

It is very important for the learner to be reading regularly. Unfortunately we do not have a proper Irish language newspaper. We just have a little supplement that comes out every Wednesday with the Indo. Besides that, we depend on getting a lift from English language papers. But thank heaven there is journalism on the internet. Tuairisc.ie is going from strength to strength. This week Póilín Ní Chiaráin writes about the shameful cowardly attack in Antrim Town when an Indian nurse’s car was set on fire. ‘Not a week goes by without some racist attack in Northern Ireland. ’But there is humour on the site as well. Listen to the tape that was made of a clever bilingual budgie. Budgie Ó Riain is a real budgie: he is not an MLA or a TD.

It is very important for the learner to be reading regularly. Unfortunately we do not have a proper Irish language newspaper. We just have a little supplement that comes out every Wednesday with the Indo. Besides that, we depend on getting a lift from English language papers. But thank heaven there is journalism on the internet. Tuairisc.ie is going from strength to strength. This week Póilín Ní Chiaráin writes about the shameful cowardly attack in Antrim Town when an Indian nurse’s car was set on fire. ‘Not a week goes by without some racist attack in Northern Ireland. ’But there is humour on the site as well. Listen to the tape that was made of a clever bilingual budgie. Budgie Ó Riain is a real budgie: he is not an MLA or a TD.

Maynooth University publishes a small weekly newspaper aimed at young people: eleathanach. You get short pieces about current affairs, entertainment, sport and so on in it, written in simple Irish.

An Lúibín, the magazine of the Irish Language Association of Australia does a great job. In the latest edition, for example, there is an account of a report that came out recently about new Irish speakers. ‘The native speakers were the strongest group up until the twentieth century, but now the speakers in the cities are the strongest.’

There is an article on the same report in COMHARtaighde, an academic Internet magazine that came out recently: it is free.

You often find out about Irish publications by chance. We need a directory.

A completely different piece of news: there will be a night of music and chat in the Derby Bar tomorrow from 8pm onwards. All are welcome. If this is a success there will be regular sessions in the New Year.