Irishon the BBC

hide -

eisiach exclusive
Uachtárán na hÉireann the President of Ireland
suim interest
díograiseach diligent
Feirsteach a person from Belfast

Home : Articles : Learners : Mary McAleese

Mary McAleese

In this exclusive interview for Blas, former Irish President, Mary McAleese, talks about her interest in the Irish language and her determination to continually improve her fluency.

Feeling strongly that the first citizen of Ireland should be fluent in the native language, she worked hard on improving her Irish from day one of her Presidency in order to be able to set a good example to the people.
Eoghan Ó Néill visited Áras an Uachtaráin to speak with the President.

To get the full story, Eoghan has to speak to the President’s Irish teacher, Belfastman Ray Mac Mánais. Does her Excellency do her homework?

NIS - logo With support from the Irish Language Broadcasting Fund

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.