Big Ian on Raidió Fáilte

As reported by An Drum Mór yesterday and picked up by the Belfast Telegraph today, the Rev. Iain Paisley has given an exclusive interview with Raidió Fáilte , Belfast’s Irish Language Raidió Station.

The interview by Caoimhe Ní Chatháil can be heard this Friday at 13:00 on Raidió Fáilte (107.1fm or online).

Don’t panic! Ian is not speaking in Irish, the interview will be in English.

Interesting at least.

  • Cuairteoir

    Nach iontach an rud é gur chlúdaigh an Telegraph an scéal seo?

  • Sceptical

    “Raidió Station” – Stop you’re killing me.

  • darth rumsfeld

    interesting contrast with the almost total absence of nationalist/republican engagement with Ulster Scots- apart from the SDLP’s inestimable Liam Logan of course.

    Why is it that the representatives of the minority community so studiously ignore U-S? Is it course for slow learners they need. I mean, in the 1980s the DUP were calling Irish a leprechaun language and now they’re administering implementation policy

  • RG Cuan

    Raidió Fáilte has been making leaps forward recently. Go n-éirí leo.


    Spanish: Radio
    French: Radio
    Italian: Radio
    German: Radio
    Hungarian: Rádió
    Portuguese: Rádio
    Irish: Raidió

    What’s your point?


    I’ve often heard Barry McIlduff of SF commenting on the Hamely Tongue and i believe he attends certain Scots meetings etc.

  • Ulsters my homeland

    Are there enough pure Gaelic speakers on the island to support what Ian Paisley is doing without trying to politicise it?

  • autocue

    Gerry Adams being an Ulster-Scot himself, I would hope that he would have no hostility to the language, after all, with the broadest Belfast accent in public life he speaks it half the time!

  • Ulsters my homeland

    Ae, Gerry Adams is one sided. He doesn’t even want to discover his own family roots, but wishes they’d disappear.

  • picador


    Ulster Scots Agency Courses

    Lots of Piping, Drumming and Scottish Country Dancing course but not one in the mystical Ulster Scots ‘language’. How might these ‘slow learners’ you refer to learn a language for which no course exist?

    Stop trying to equate Ulster Scots with Gaeilge. Gaeilge is a real language. And Caoimhe, who did the interview with Paisley, is a great teacher of it.

  • OC

    picador: Whilst I might agree that Scots (the language) ain’t what it used to be, it is a language of its own.

    Cornish ain’t what it used to be, either, but that isn’t stopping folks from resurrecting it. Same with Manx, and bully for them.

    What exactly is the mandate of the Ulster Scots Agency? Just language support, or inclusive of other aspects of their culture, too?

  • GGN

    Just a reminder, 13.00 for this mini-historic occasion.

  • darth rumsfeld

    “Stop trying to equate Ulster Scots with Gaeilge. Gaeilge is a real language.”

    Of course Gaelic is a real language. The fact that it is a codification of distinctive dialects which dates back less than two hundred years in no way invalidates it. One might make the same point about English after all. But it is no more an organic tongue than Esperanto.

    I only say this because the same could possibly apply to Ulster Scots in a couple of centuries. people might actually start to say “Fair faa ye”- though I’ve never heard it in common usage and doibt I ever will.

    Culture is a strange thing. Clan Tartan is a relatively recent invention so far as Scotland is concerned too, but I’m not going to say it isn’t now a part of Scots culture despite the lack of genuine antecedents. I could also point to the genuine cultural movement that is the GAA, but which drew on historic sports to further political ends.

    You might well query how valid someone else’s culture is, but that wouldn’t invalidate it. If enough people think Ulster Scots is a language, and they use it as such, your sneering at its antecedents won’t stop it finding its own level any more than attempting to force civil servants in the south to be able to speak Irish will make it the lingua franca of the Irish people

  • GGN

    Actually you can just listen on line. I am beginning to doubt if I have been advised of the correct time.—Chathail-ag-cur-agallamh-ar-Ian-Paisley-?edit_mode=on


    “The fact that it is a codification of distinctive dialects which dates back less than two hundred years in no way invalidates it.”

    This is just total and utter nonsense. I’m sorry, can only conclude you just made that up.

  • circles

    Course he did!
    And U-S is an accent – there is no shame in that and its something we all share in the north, but elevating it to a language simply to ensure that the unionists have a ball of their own to play with makes a mockery of the whole thing.