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Dungarvan Leader 12TH July 1952

Letter to the Editor


A Chara, - I read with interest the recent appeals by Bishops, Priests, and laymen to save the language, music, and culture.  The warning note was not sounded too soon and not without very good reasons.

The language is far from the spoken tongue and there are good founded fears for its safety as Gaeltacht areas, the most important strongholds, are dwindling, Irish music is being put aside and being replaced by foreign nonsense.   Enter dance halls pictures-houses and some concert halls and you will find there alien culture promoted and encouraged.  Thousands of foreign papers and magazines are sold weekly which are injurious to Ireland’s youth. The destruction of Irish Nationality is fast becoming a reality the ideals the Irishmen laboured unselfishly to save, and died that Ireland might live are being forgotten.  In some places Irish dancing and music are unknown. Is it any wonder that some of our boys and girls in England have no respect for their name and race.  Emigration is doing as much harm today as it did in ’47. Rural Ireland is fast decaying, youth between the ages of 18 and 25 are now very few in some parts of Ireland.  The argument that they could remain at home serves no purpose as the fact must be faced that they could not find employment.  I have met a number of them returned on holidays who are prepared to remain here if they could work at £5 weekly.  Much has been spoken of emigration but little of practical work to provide employment.  Ernest, determined, unselfish Irish nationalists prepared to make sacrifices should undertake the work, step into the gap of danger as good Irishmen have always done in the past and then it may not be too late.


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