James (host2165.scotlandhealth.org - 184.108.40.206)
|Posted on Saturday, September 01, 2001 - 05:21 pm: ||
I've recently met a number of Irish in my area. Several speak the language in varying degrees and others haven't touched it since school. What I'd like to do is set up an Irish Studies group that would meet locally a few times per month and I'd like to entice these people to attend as "subject matter experts" of sorts. If the interest is strong enough (and I suspect it will be) then we'll attend one of the Daltai gatherings as a group. (This is my vision, at least). This will be a free, locally driven, nonprofit, culturally aware, tax-immaterial (get the picture???) effort. I just want some help with this language, locally!
I'll run a second ad "as Bearla" to pull in the prospective students and I'll run this ad in English as well just in case the Irish have lost too much to comprehend it. Hopefully, just the sight of the Irish words in a local paper will kindle their interest and stir something within them.
Our area is heavily populated with people of Scots and Irish descent so I truly feel that there will be significant interest. Here's hoping, anyway.
If anyone could be so kind as to help me with the follwing advertisement for my local paper I would be most appreciative. I am way too early in my studies to even attempt this task.
Add is as follows:
Appealling to all Irishmen and women of the Sandhills. An Irish Studies group will be forming in the very near future. This will be a gathering of interested people with little or no prior exposure to the Irish Language. We will desperately need your native experience to ensure proper pronunciation and to help work through the difficulties of grammar. Help us keep your language alive!
Respond by letter to the following address if you are interested in assisting. You will be contacted regarding the details in the very near future. Please respond in English, however, as the orgainzer of this group is a beginning student, himself.
Go raibh mo agat agus slan go foill!
James McGinnis (host2165.scotlandhealth.org - 220.127.116.11)
|Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2001 - 11:44 pm: ||
Having reviewed this request on a far more quiet day in the ER than when I wrote it, I feel the need to clarify and correct.
1st: This isn't a formal thing I'm trying to establish. I'm just trying to find like minded people willing to form a study group. This isn't an attempt to form another Irish Language organization. Sorry if I gave that impression.
2nd: I mis-spelled the closing. Go raibh maith agat would be correct. See why I need this group!?!
Thanks again for any help you can offer.