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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Lá Deireanach for Lá Nua? 

The news doesn't bode too well at all for Lá Nua, the world's only daily Irish-language newspaper. According to Foras na Gaeilge, there aren't enough readers “at present” to justify a daily paper. Some thought will be given to a weekly publication of some kind with comprehensive online service.

A bit of intense discussion at Slugger O'Toole, including comment from former editor (and iGaeilge blogger) Concubhar Ó Liatháin.

This is an interesting question, the cost of cultural promotion. Two things always seem to happen: cultural management institutions get blamed for reasons that are probably not entirely their fault, the nature of the work being awfully (and unavoidably) nebulous; and, second, there is really no satisfactory way to evaluate the purpose of the enterprise or even judge its achievements. But everyone knows that from the outset.

I think you could argue that any support for art and culture can only be good. Historically, patronage has never gone wrong.



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