Paperless papers

You can be very negative regarding newspapers in Irish. A few years ago you could get ‘Lá’ on every weekday and you could buy ‘Foinse’ at the weekend.

Now we only have ‘Seachtain’, published every Wednesday with the ‘Indo’. It is a supplement, aimed primarily at young people. There is nothing wrong with that, of course, but the motor car supplement that goes along with it is as big as the little Irish newspaper itself. With regard to magazines, we still have Feasta, Comhar and an tUltach. They are long established publications, but they are all struggling.

But don’t be despair. Irish has taken on a new lease of life on the Internet. Oh, that’s another paper that has gone-‘Saol’, a monthly newspaper that reported on Irish language events throughout the country. It was initially a printed newspaper, then it went on the internet, but now it is history.

We still need printed newspapers, but great progress is being made on the Web. An Internet edition has certain advantages over the normal newspaper: as well as the printed word, it sometimes uses video. Also, the reader can comment on the material immediately.

I mentioned last week. I wrote a while ago about ’An Lúibín’, a marvellous magazine published by the Irish Language Association of Australia. Summaries of the articles are provided in simple Irish , which is a great help to the learner. RTÉ and TG4 have good sites. ‘Meon eile‘ makes very effective use of video. ‘An Tuairisceoir’ is an independent site: it is limited, but it is very worthwhile.

This list is not comprehensive and there are many other resources on the Internet: games, lessons (some of them good, some not worth a damn), news from publishers etc. You frequently find them by chance. We need a directory. Now, that’s a useful project for Foras na Gaeilge.