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Sean Ban does U-turn over Galway job

Veteran Irish language broadcaster, Sean Ban Breathnach, has decided not to quit his position as Cultural and Irish Officer of the Galway County Board. At a meeting of the Galway County Board on Monday night, he expressed his disillusionment after increasing hostility to the use of Irish by players, officials and supporters.

"This is on playing pitches by managers and mentors and supporters and even to referees. I experienced it myself first hand during the summer," he said. "Every time these people hear Irish being spoken on the pitch they just seem to lose it."

Breathnach had been annoyed over what he perceived as a growing intolerance to the Irish language in Galway GAA circles. However, he was encouraged by the support he got from various clubs around the county and has taken a last minute U-turn and will continue to serve in his role for the foreseeable future.

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Huh? Who loses what over hearing Irish on the pitch? I'm lost?

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While i think Mr.Breatnach is over-stating his case, there has been a diminishing of support for the Language within the association, and in a few rare cases complete antagonism. I believe this is regettable but others will differ. Certainly you no less a gael without the language

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Every time these people hear Irish being spoken on the pitch they just seem to lose it

I wouldn't mind hearing him expand on this. My own club is in the Gaeltacht and there are quite a few Gaeltacht clubs in Galway who would use Irish on the field of play but I wouldn't think there is any major hostility towards it although you might head the odd remark alright.

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This is not SBB's first U-turn.
Huh? Who loses what over hearing Irish on the pitch? I'm lost?
That's what I'm wondering. Lose the head? Lose their Irish? Lose the game?


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Concern at `racism` in GAA

By Brian McDonald
Thursday December 20 2007

Youngsters playing Gaelic games are being derided and "slagged off" for speaking Irish while on the pitch.

GAA officer and broadcaster Sean Ban Breathnach said he was stunned by the level of such "racism" toward juveniles and others on the playing fields.

As a voluntary Irish Officer with the Galway County GAA Board, the Raidio na Gaeltachta commentator said he had come across several incidents in which Irish-speaking players had been on the receiving end for not speaking in English.

And it was not just opposing players and mentors who were guilty. the problem extended even to referees, he said.

"I remember one occasion when a young player came over to me in tears and told me that the referee had asked him for his proper name after he had given it to him in Irish", said Sean Ban.

"That to me is racism. We have about 10 clubs in Co Galway that conduct their business in Irish and it is the first language of the players and officials.

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"But there is an increasing level of abuse being directed towards them and I am very concerned about what will now happen when the GAA integrates people from other origins into the organisation.``

"It is only a matter of time before someone with different coloured skin to the rest of us ends up playing for Galway. Are we ready for it?," he asked.

He pointed out that he carried out his duties as Oigigeach Gaeilge bilingually, but was anxious his position was not interpreted as "ramming Irish down people`s throats".

"Irish is there to be enjoyed. It is part of our culture and it should not be used as something for derision or for belittling people.

"But unfortunately, such attitudes seem far too prevalent from what I have seen in Galway during the year".

Galway Co Board Chairman, Gerry Larkin agreed that it was a serious issue.

Mr Larkin said: "It is important that a close eye is kept on this and that appropriate action is taken when there are offences. It cannot be tolerated".

- Brian McDonald

Irish Independent

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An Caisleáin Óir
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2007, 06:32:41 PM »
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"I remember one occasion when a young player came over to me in tears and told me that the referee had asked him for his proper name after he had given it to him in Irish", said Sean Ban.
That's like when Séimí Phádraig Dubh got whacked by his teacher when he didn't answer to James Gallagher on his first day at school.


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Re: An Caisleáin Óir
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2007, 06:39:42 PM »
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"I remember one occasion when a young player came over to me in tears and told me that the referee had asked him for his proper name after he had given it to him in Irish", said Sean Ban.
That's like when Séimí Phádraig Dubh got whacked by his teacher when he didn't answer to James Gallagher on his first day at school.

I recall playing a game more than twenty years ago where our full back got the line for giving his name in irish when he was booked.  ::)
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Re: An Caisleáin Óir
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2007, 06:44:37 PM »
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"I remember one occasion when a young player came over to me in tears and told me that the referee had asked him for his proper name after he had given it to him in Irish", said Sean Ban.
That's like when Séimí Phádraig Dubh got whacked by his teacher when he didn't answer to James Gallagher on his first day at school.

I recall playing a game more than twenty years ago where our full back got the line for giving his name in irish when he was booked.  ::)
Little did the ref know that Cheatain Ó Bastaird was actually the full back's name in Irish.


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"I remember one occasion when a young player came over to me in tears and told me that the referee had asked him for his proper name after he had given it to him in Irish", said Sean Ban.
That's like when Séimí Phádraig Dubh got whacked by his teacher when he didn't answer to James Gallagher on his first day at school.

I recall playing a game more than twenty years ago where our full back got the line for giving his name in irish when he was booked.  ::)
Little did the ref know that Cheatain Ó Bastaird was actually the full back's name in Irish.
;D Not that particular lad's style HS, indeed i cannot recall him being even booked before or since, however the ref's judgement may have been coloured by the eighteen month suspension previously handed out to one of our other players for giving his name as 'Bo Peep'. IKYN
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Is it not time Seán Bán became Seán Maol ?  :D
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Dara O Cinneide was slagged off 3 years ago when he made his entire acceptance speech as gaeilge. To those who had an issue with this (mainly cos they couldn't understand what was being said) well tough. Its a free country with Irish as the first official national language. People may complain about being forced to learn Irish at school when they didn't like to or want to - well people shouldn't be forced to use english either.
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Dara O Cinneide was slagged off 3 years ago when he made his entire acceptance speech as gaeilge. To those who had an issue with this (mainly cos they couldn't understand what was being said) well tough. Its a free country with Irish as the first official national language. People may complain about being forced to learn Irish at school when they didn't like to or want to - well people shouldn't be forced to use english either.

Only a bollocks would slag off OCinneide for giving his speech in Irish and I am absolutely amazed and disgusted that this is an issue at all.
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We pay only lip service to Irish, but our job is only to promote it, not revive it and infairness we do a good enough job here.  It's the govt's job to revive it and they are failing spectacularly. 

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What exactly are we doing to promote it?