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The 50th anniversary of Raidió na Gaeltacht is a triumph for the pioneers of the Gaels, whose idealism triumphed

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Raidió na Gaeltachta is 50 years old today – and its creation and its continued existence signify the triumph of idealism over utilitarianism, of the poetic world view over the prosaic.

It doesn’t matter if you have a Grá for the language. It doesn’t matter if you’re Irish. Everyone, everywhere, should celebrate the channel’s success – despite official and societal indifference, cultural affront and sometimes open hostility. RnaG first aired on April 2, a moment marked today by a concert from the station’s headquarters in Casla, Connemara, featuring the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and a host of other musicians. Its emergence was the earlier founding of the Gluaiseacht Chearta Sibhialta na Gaeltachta (Gaeltachta Civil Rights Movement) in 1969. It campaigned for greater social, economic and cultural rights for Irish speakers in Gaeltacht areas. Soon this would lead to the birth of RnaG.

https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/raidio-na-gaeltachts-50th-birthday-is-a-triumph-for-pioneer-gaels-whose-idealism-won-out-41512424.html The 50th anniversary of Raidió na Gaeltacht is a triumph for the pioneers of the Gaels, whose idealism triumphed

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