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As “Bliain na Gaeilge” draws to a close and we look back, one of the moments of Irish language activism that casts a long shadow is #NílSéCGL – it’s not okay. The hashtag struck a chord with Irish speakers who were fed up of lazy criticisms and stereotyping in mainstream media, and recognised each other’s frustration all too well.
#NílSéCGL is the brainchild of Ciara Ní É (@MiseCiara), who joins Darach in the studio this week. She’s a poet, teacher and activist who’s been very busy lately; as well as hosting her first documentary on TG4, she’s the force behind poetry night REIC, Memes na Gaeilge on Facebook and What The Focal on YouTube.
She tells Darach about her adventures teaching Irish to Americans in Philadelphia, online shaming, video poetry and the importance of good manners.
Ciara’s documentary Tabú is available on TG4 Player.
Darach’s new book, “Craic Baby: Dispatches From A Rising Language” is published by Head of Zeus and available in good bookshops now.