Séamus Heaneys’ words of wisdom

By December 14, 2015Stories
Seamus Heaney

This poster was sent to every secondary school in Ireland last September 2015 and features Poet Laureate Séamus Heaneys’ words of wisdom extoling the virtue of speaking the Irish language. It reads as follows:

“Not to Learn Irish is to miss the opportunity of understanding what life in this country has meant and could mean in a better future. It is to cut oneself off from ways of being at home. If we regard self-understanding, mutual understanding, imaginative enhancement, cultural diversity and a tolerant political atmosphereas a desirable attainments, we should remember that a knowledge of the Irish language is an essential element in their realisation.”

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