The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0868  Thursday, 20 April 2000.

From:           Gabriel Egan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 19 Apr 2000 17:56:53 +0100
Subject: 11.0860 Re: Milton
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0860 Re: Milton

Ed Pixley wrote

>For a modern take on this issue, I highly recommend Brian Friel's
>provocative play, "Translations."  It's set in the West of Ireland
>during the 1830s Ordnance Survey, when, as part of its effort to
>eliminate the Irish language, the English were methodically moving
>through Ireland, mapping and renaming all place names with English
>"equivalents."  "Translations" is a powerful play, whose primary subject
>is language.

Indeed, although Friel seems overly sympathetic to the view that the
authentic Irish place names are bogus.

The effort to eliminate the Irish language and symbols is ongoing. It is
illegal to fly the Irish tricolour flag anywhere in the British-occupied
northern Irish statelet. It is also contempt of court to speak Irish in
a British court of law in Ireland. (Speakers of all languages but Irish
are entitled to the use of a state-paid interpreter.)

Gabriel Egan

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