Ard Mhic Nasca na Gaeilge!
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TĂĄ an baile beag Ard Mhic Nasca, nĂł âHolywoodâ mar a athbhaisteadh air i mBĂ©arla, go mĂłr sa nuacht na laethanta seo mar gheall ar rĂĄitis a mhic is clĂșitĂ, Rory McIlroy, i leith a nĂĄisiĂșntachta, Ă© ag rĂĄ go mothaĂonn sĂ© nĂos âBriotanaighâ nĂĄ âĂireannaĂâ.
NĂ luaitear go minic gur ĂĄit le labhairt na Gaeilge an baile se,o ach mar is lĂ©ir Ăłn bhfriotal thuas Ăł FhĂ©lire Ăengusa (circa 800 AD), go bhfuil stair fhada ag an nGaeilge ar an mbaile.
NĂ ceart smaoineamh go mbaineann sin leis an stair amhĂĄin, ĂĄfach, mar go bhfuil pobal Gaelach ar an mbaile agus paistĂ ĂĄ dtĂłgĂĄil le Gaeilge ann.
TĂĄ tuairim is 12,037 daoine ina gcĂłnaĂ ar an bhaile, an tromlach acu ina bProtastĂșnaigh.
De rĂ©ir na staitisticĂ is dĂ©anaĂ a bhfuil fĂĄil orthu, tĂĄ tuairim is 450 Gaeilgeoir ar an mbaile, sin tuairim is 4% den phobal.
TĂĄ an mhĂłrchuid acu sin ina gCaitlicigh, ach nĂl gach duine acu, ĂĄbhar iontais nuair a chuirtear san ĂĄireamh nach dteagasctar an Ghaeilge scoileanna ProtastĂșnacha.
Ar cheann de na Gaeil is clĂșitĂ ar an bhaile tĂĄ an Dr. RuairĂ de BlĂ©ine, Ășdar âPresbyterians and the Irish languageâ agus cathaoirleach ar Chumann Gaelach Ard Mhic Nasca.
âBhunaigh an MoinsĂneoir Ă Laifeartaigh craobh de Chonradh na Gaeilge anseo in 1902,â a mhĂnigh sĂ© do GhaelscĂ©al
âIs Ă© an Mons. Ă Laifeartaigh a scrĂobh stair dheifinĂdeach an pharĂłiste agus nĂ raibh a shĂĄrĂș ann go fĂłill.
âTosaĂonn stair na Gaeilge le LaisrĂ©n a bhunaigh an baile timpeall 650 AD. Go dtĂ timpeall 1700 AD ba cheantar iomlĂĄn Gaeilge Ă©.â
âAthbhunaĂodh an chraobh sa bhliain 1921 agus tĂĄ obair an Chumainn ag leanstan ar aghaidh go leanĂșnach Ăł shin,â a dĂșirt sĂ©. âGidh gur mionlach (timpeall 20%) iad siĂșd a bhfuil “dearcadh an nĂĄisiĂșnaĂ” acu, tĂĄ meas ginearĂĄlta ag an phobal ar chĂșrsaĂ Ăireannacha.
âTĂĄ sĂ© fĂor go fĂłill an mĂ©id a dĂșradh sa bhliain 1910 faoin bhaile seo, In no town in Ireland are the relations between all creeds and classes so amicable as in Holywood.”
âNĂor cuireadh isteach riamh ar an dearcadh liobrĂĄlach Ăireannach atĂĄ ag an bpobal leis na cĂ©adta bliana. NĂl ceantracha speisialta do chreidimh nĂĄ do ranna polaitĂochta ann mar atĂĄ i mBĂ©al Feirste.â
âAithnĂtear an Ghaeilge mar shruthĂĄn dĂșchasach na hĂĄite,â a dĂșirt an Dr. de BlĂ©ine.
âTĂĄ Leabharlann Ard Mhic Nasca go speisialta cairdiĂșil linn agus bĂonn FĂ©ile Nasca ĂĄ reĂĄchtĂĄil againn sna seomraĂ ansin i mĂ an MhĂĄrta achan bhliain.
âBĂonn leachtaĂ againn faoin Ghaeilge agus timpeall 50 duine i lĂĄthair, daoine Ăł na creidimh uilig,â a dĂșirt RuairĂ.
Mar a bheifeĂĄ ag sĂșil leis, tĂĄ ranganna Gaeilge ar bun ar an mbaile.
BĂonn siad ar siĂșl san Eaglais PhreispitĂ©ireach Neamh-Aontaithe (Non-Subscribing) i lĂĄr an bhaile agus freastalaĂonn timpeall is 24 duine ar na ranganna.
Ach tĂĄ nĂos mĂł na ranganna ar bun ag an gCumann Gaelach.
âMaidir le Comhluadar, tĂĄ timpeall ar dosaen pĂĄistĂ ag teacht le chĂ©ile, leanaĂ ar tĂłgadh le GaeilgeÂ iad.â
âTĂĄ 4-6 de theaghlaigh ag tĂłgĂĄil a gcuid pĂĄistĂ le Gaeilge. TĂĄ tuigbheĂĄil nĂos leithne anois ann gur buntĂĄiste ollmhĂłr Ă© seo agus gur fiĂș go mĂłr an iarracht, maidir le hoideachas, cultĂșr, fĂ©inmhuinĂn agus cothĂș pobail; agus tĂĄ sin amhlaidh in ainneoin na ndeacrachtaĂ praiticiĂșla,â dar le RuairĂ.
Ar an chĂ©ad amharc, nĂ mĂłrĂĄn Ă© 4- 6 theaghlach ag tĂłgĂĄil a gcuid pĂĄistĂ in Ăirinn, ach is fĂ©idir a rĂĄ go cinnte, gur mĂł an mĂ©id teaghlach sin nĂĄ mar a bhĂonn i gcuid is mĂł de bhailte na hĂireann.
Mar shampla, nĂor thuill ach 7 dteaghlach an deontas iomlĂĄn i ScĂ©im Labhairt na Gaeilge i Maigh Cuilinn, Co. na Gaillimhe, agus roinnt mhaith den pharĂłiste sin sa Ghaeltacht OifigiĂșil.
Is fĂ©idir nĂos mĂł eolais a fhĂĄil faoi Chumann Gaelach Ard Mhic Nasca trĂd an nasc a leanas. http://www.holywood-gaelach.com/index.htm
Hollywoodâs Gaelic Speakers
Art maic Nasca for brĂș Locha Laig i n- Ultaib. FĂ©lire Ăengusa., 830c.
The little town of Ard Mhic Nasca, or Holywood as it was renamed in English, has been in the news lately due its most famous son, Rory McIlroy, stating that he feels more British than Irish.
The town isnât often mentioned in connection to the Irish language but as is clear from the quotation from FĂ©lire Ăengusa (circa 800 AD), the language has a long history in the town.
But it is not something connected solely with the past, there is an Irish speaking community in the town and children are being reared with the language in Holywood.
There are approximately 12,000 people in the town, most of them Protestants. There are around 450 Irish speakers, or around 4% of the population
Most of these, but not all, are Catholics, which could be seen as surprising given that Irish is not taught in âProtestantâ schools.
One of the best known Gaels in the town is Dr. RuairĂ de BlĂ©ine, the author of âPresbyterians and the Irish languageâ agus the chairman of the Holywood Irish Society.
âMonsignor Ă Laifeartaigh founded a branch of the Gaelic League here in 1902,â he explained to GaelscĂ©al.
âMonsignor Ă Laifeartaigh wrote the definitive history of this parish and it hasnât been surpassed to this day
âThe history of the Irish language begins with LaisrĂ©n who founded the town around 650 AD, until around 1700 AD this was an entirely Irish speaking area.
âThe branch [of the Gaelic League] was reformed in 1921 agus the societyâs work has been continuing ever since,â he stated.
âAlthough those of a âNationalist Outlookâ are a minority, Irish matters are generally respected.
âIt is still true of the town what was stated of the town in 1910, âIn no town in Ireland are the relations between all creeds and classes so amicable as in Holywoodâ.
âThe liberal outlook which this community has held for hundreds of years remains undiminished. There are no special areas for certain religions or political outlooks as there is in Belfast
âThe Irish language is recognised as a native stream of the area,â stated Dr. de BlĂ©ine.
âHollywood Library is especially good to us and we organise FĂ©ile Nasca in their rooms in March every year.
âWe have lectures about the Irish language which are attended by around 50 people, people of all faiths.â
As would be expected, there are Irish language classes in the town, they are held in the non-subscribing Presbyterian Hall, around 24 people attend these classes. But the society organises more than classes.
âWith regards to Comluadar [An organisation which helps Irish speaking families with social events], there are around 12 children gathering, children reared with Irish.
âThere are 4-6 Irish speaking families. There is more understanding nowadays, of the great advantages, that it is well worth the effort, with regards to education, culture, self-esteem and community spirit; and that is the case despite the practical difficulties.â
In the first instance, 4-6 families doesnât seem like many, but it can be stated with some certainty that that is a greater number than in most Irish towns.
For example, only 7 families won the full grant in last years âScĂ©im Labhairt na Gaeilgeâ (a now defunct scheme which in theory was devised to promote Irish in the home) in Maigh Cuilinn, County Galway, with much of that parish in the official Gaeltacht (4 families received the reduced grant).
You can find out more out the Hollywood Irish society through the link below.
[This report was taken from GaelscĂ©alâs Ulster news section, 26/9/12]
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