I was in Dún Laoghaire briefly on Friday afternoon. I went into Easons to do my usual grab of Irish papers and journals and, as usual, looked for a copy of Lá, the only Irish language daily. I couldn’t find it, and finally asked one of the women there if they had any Irish language papers at all. As she came around the counter to help, I suddenly caught sight of it, nestled between the Spanish quality tabloid El Pais and the Italian daily La Repubblica. Ironically Dún Laoghaire is one of the few towns in old Co Dublin not to have an official name in English. Yet, it seems Irish is casually considered a foreign language here.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty