A’ Fosgladh Dorsan between Islay and Ballycastle…

I’ve a English mate who’s bringing up his kids on Islay. They learn Gaelic at school and have a reasonably comfortable life there. It’s one of the few offshore islands around the archipelago with almost full employment, between the large number of distilleries on the island, the grouse moors, birders and the tourists. And here’s something that never struck me before. All that lovely whiskey (that’s without an ‘e’ – ed) and Gaelic is only twenty miles off the coast of Co Antrim. Now there’s a new joint scheme to encourage parents on both sides of the water to engage their kids with Gaelic culture… H/T GGN

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

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