March 4, 2012

Ex-boxer Dunne Fights for Irish


Ex-boxer Dunne fights for Irish
March 1, 2012

FORMER world boxing champion Bernard Dunne is heading up a nationwide campaign which aims to inspire 100,000 people to "re-engage" with the Irish language.

The Independent Pictures produced 'Bernard Dunne's Bród Club' is a six-part television series that will start on RTÉ One next Monday.

According to Independent Pictures, we spend 14 years of our lives learning Irish but very few of us actually speak it. The makers describe the programme as a "passionate, loud and brash attempt" to turn this around and get people to commit to using whatever Irish they have.

"I've always wanted to be a fluent Irish speaker and two years ago when I retired from boxing I made a promise to myself that I would learn it," said Dunne.

"I'm deeply proud of my Irishness and it's vital to pass my passion for Irish on to my children.

"It's not about being fluent, it's about taking pride in our language and using whatever Irish you have. You'll be surprised what you know," he said.

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