- Author: Úna-Minh Kavanagh
- Title: Anseo (120 pg)
- Published: 2019
- Genre: biography
- Title: Here! (describing a location of a person) Anseo
- Info: Úna-Minh Kavanagh is a Gaeilgeoir from Co. Kerry. Her book, Anseo, is about growing up in Kerry, the Irish language, identity and racism in 2019. Úna-Minh now edits WeAreIrish.ie and is a member of the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Committee. She also live-streams broadcasts in both English and as Gaeilge.
- List of Challenges 2021
- Monthly plan
Who is Úna-Minh Kavanagh?
Freelance Writer, journalist/editor, freelance content creator and Kerrywoman.
She has been working as a regular on streaming giant Twitch.
There she plays the latest video games in Gaelic for a dedicated audience.
Ms Úna-Minh Kavanagh is a media professional.
She noticed there were NO Irish-language streamers
…and decided to do something about it!
Here is just a look at what she does! Lovely to hear the Irish language!!
What makes Úna-Minh Kavanagh so fresh and exciting?
She has used her positivity and media savvy to make a difference to celebrate
diversity in Ireland!
But Ms Kavanagh reveals how rampant racism is on
Twitter, Facebook, Trolls and Doxxers.
This is scary stuff!
- This a a gem of a book!
- I really enjoyed reading Ms Kavanagh’s life story
- …and her stand against racism!
- Today’s phrase of the day is:
- ní ghlacaimid beag ná mór le ciníochas
- Meaning: we have zero tolerance for racism
- #Gaeilge #FrásaAnLae
“…the false deduction that what a person looks like
is the equivalent of how a that person identifies.”
- 1-35 % birth, adoption, life 1-15 years… and a love letter to her grandfather
- 36- 45% college life (2009-2012) in Dublin…and a love letter the the Irish-language
- 46-55% casual racism and physical attacks
- …the corrosive ‘drip, drip, drip effect’ it has on her life
- 56-60% what is going on with Irish identity today?
- …it is a multicultural society should be celebrated
- “Where are you really from?” a question that infuriates Úna-Minh Kavanagh.
- “All strangers care about is my physical appearance
- …nothing deeper than how I look”
- 61-63% working life (2013-2015) as freelance journalist
- prolific in Irish and English language
- 64-67% entertainer as a live-stream gamer “as Gaelige” (in Gaelic)
- 68-70% grassroots social media diversity project (2017)
- on Twitter and Facebook.
- ….stories of people like Úna-Minh Kavanagh who spoke to
- the beauty and diversity in Ireland and how
- they had been challenged about their “Irishness”
- The hashtag...
- #IsÉireannaighMuid were born.
- HAVE A LOOK ON Twitter!!
- 71-76 % TROLLS…and the dark world of 4chan.org.
- This is one of the scariest corners of the wild and weird web.
- It is an image based forum
- …all users are anonymous and approximately 70% male.
- It gets pretty dark quickly
- ….and the users corrupted images of Úna-Minh Kavanagh to exploit.
- 22 million people use the website each month
- ….42 billion users have visited the site since its inception in 2004.
- Úna-Minh Kavanagh does not shy away from the darkish….trolls.
- Good advice:
- …if the are not bots, they are entrenched in their views.
- Their goal is NOT to change a user’s mind….it is to upset the user.
- Don’t waste you precious energy, time and headspace
- to engage in any amount of discussion with them.
- 77-86% passion for learning a language. Is Gaelic a dead language?
- No….it is useful because it can connect you to your ancestors’ culture.
- I agree with Úna-Minh…the key to learning a language is immersion.
- My own experience living in The Netherlands..it is the only way to learn Dutch.
- When I first came to this country I took a job “immersed’ with people
- ….a grocery store cashier!
- Within 6 months I could hold my own in Dutch conversation.
- It took a few years after that
- to master the written part of the language….at night school.
- Jumping into a new language can be daunting
- …but attitude is everything.
- 87-89% “term on the day” project
- …tweeting Gaelic phrases that are short, snappy and humorous
- The hashtag…. #FrásaAnLae is born!
- 90-100% Úna-Minh Kavanagh concludes her book with
- the hope she can give people real reasons to communicate in Irish.
- Through ups and downs, Irish had given her shelter
- …it is an innate part of her.
- Irish is hers to cherish!