STEPHEN FRY: Irish might well survive here, but these children and their children will always need a global language.

 

SF: So you just change between the two very happily?

 

SOMEONE: Yeah.

 

SF: But you think of yourself as an Irish speaker first?

 

SOMEONE: Yeah.

 

SF: Is that true of everybody?

 

ALL: Yeah.

 

SF: Goodness! If you text each other, do... do you do it in Irish or in English?

 

ALL: English.

 

SF: Ah, that's interesting, so things like the internet or whatever, are you on Facebook and things like that?

 

ALL: Yeah.

 

SF: And do you do that in English?

 

ALL: Yeah.

 

SF: Oh! So do you think of English as the language of the internet, but Irish the language of the playground and talking and friendship and things, when you're with people?

 

ALL: Yeah.

 

SF: You couldn't imagine yourselves only speaking Irish?

 

ALL: No.

 

SF: You wouldn't be able to cope in the world if you didn't speak English, is that?

 

ALL: Yeah.

 

SF: Thank goodness you do speak English, or we would be having an embarrassing time... Well, thank you very much. Mustn't disturb any more of your lessons. Thank you. Was that...? Go raibh... Thank you?

 

ALL: Go raibh maith agat.

 

SF: I can't get the pronunciation right! Thank you very much.