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Irish speakers Irish-speaking family, living on living Shaw's Road, Gaeltacht, talk about their pride in their language and the respect given by others to those who speak it.

Aoife Ni Phoilin, Aodan Mac Poilin, Aine Andrews,

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Relationship of interviewees: Parents and daughter

Where: Belfast, Antrim

Language of interview: Irish
About this interview
Voice clip 1
Aodan talks about the respect people who live in his community have for the Irish language and how it gives them a certain standing.

More clips from this interview

Aoife Ni Phoilin, Primary school teacher
Aoife reflects on the time she spent at an English language primary school and how it made her aware of her identity as an Irish language speaker.

Aine Andrews, School principal
Aine recalls the difficulties in changing from speaking English to speaking Irish within her family.
Interview's notes

Long description of interview: A very talkative, animated and articulate group. We met in Studio eight, BBC Broadcasting House, Belfast. All the group were easy to talk to and needed little prompting. From the start we had an easy rapport and there was no backwardness in analysing and finding the humour in their unusual lifrestyle.

Recorded by: Brian Mullen, Radio Ulster

Date of interview: 2005/01/24
Interview's notes

Jonnie Robinson, Curator, English accents and dialects, British Library Sound Archive, writes:

AODAN: A person who has Irish has a certain standing in the community we live in. Now, most of the people wouldn't have Irish but they have a respect for it. That doesn't always work out at ground level, as they say, but, in the ideology of the community that we were brought up in, someone who has Irish has a certain standing. There is a sort of respect for the person with Irish.



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