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Rejection of Irish language disappointing

Published 31/08/2011

The news that 47 members of the Church of Ireland parish of Ballintoy have opposed the erection of Irish language signage is sad (News, August 29). One might hope that the more rational among them might yet have a change of heart.

Don't they know that the name of their parish derives from the Irish language? Baile an Tuaigh means 'the northern headland'.

The Church of Ireland (Eaglais na hEireann) has an organisation for the promotion of the Irish language and culture, known as Cumann Gaelach na hEaglais.

Only a short time ago, it held a well-attended Eucharist in the Irish language at St George's church in Belfast.

The Irish language belongs to all of us. People who try to oppose its use only end up speaking it themselves when they utter the name of the place they live in.


Laytown, Co Meath

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