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Saturday, 20 June 2015

Séamus Ó Conghaile 7 Gluaiseacht na Teanga



Cé go bhfuil sé sean anois, is fiú go mór breathnú ar an alt seo le Séamus Ó Conghaile ó 1908 faoi ghluaiseacht na teanga. Ag an am, ar ndú, bhí cúpla scór ball gníomhach ar son na hathbheochana in Éirinn agus cé nár labhair sé mórán Gaeilge é fhéin, thacaigh an Conghlaileach leis na hiarrachtaí díchoilínithe seo. San alt seo, cuireann sé an anailís ghéar shóisialach bhfeidhm ar an ngluaiseacht teanga agus léiríonn sé dearcadh a thacódh leithéid Mhisneach leis go dtí an lá atá inniú ann. Siod sliocht ón alt:

The chief enemy of a Celtic revival to-day is the crushing force of capitalism which irresistibly destroys all national or racial characteristics, and by sheer stress of its economic preponderance reduces a Galway or a Dublin, a Lithuania or a Warsaw to the level of a mere second-hand imitation of Manchester or Glasgow.

In the words of Karl Marx, ‘Capitalism creates a world after its own image’, and the image of Capitalism is to be found in the industrial centres of Great Britain.
A very filthy image indeed.

You cannot teach starving men Gaelic, and the treasury of our national literature will and must remain lost forever to the poor wage-slaves who are contented by our system of society to toil from early morning to late at night for a mere starvation wage.
Is fiú go mór an an t-alt uilig a léamh, níl sé ach gearr agus tá sé ar fáil ina iomlán anseo: 
http://www.ucc.ie/celt/online/E900002-003/text009.html



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