The club has members from a variety of linguistic backgrounds and is proud of the welcoming atmosphere it has created for all. It is important, however, that those who wish to speak Irish should be able to do so and that all members have the opportunity to enjoy hearing Irish being spoken by others and to use the language if they wish to.
Everyone in the club has a role to play in maintaining this atmosphere.
Those with no Irish can be patient if classes, instruction or other events are conducted through Irish. Those with little Irish can use whatever they have, whenever they can – for example, in greetings, in class or in filling in forms. Complimentary classes to learn or improve members’ command of Irish are usually available.
Members of the club who speak Irish fluently should make sure that it is always used naturally and routinely and never selectively or as a means of exclusion. They should remember that the best way of helping fellow members towards greater fluency is by repeating phrases more slowly or explaining in Irish what has been said, rather than translating it into English. At all times, fellow members are to be treated with patience, courtesy and respect.
Members and prospective members with a high degree of fluency in Irish should highlight that on their membership form and consider taking one of the classes held through Irish.
For further materials for developing your own use of Irish, click here.