Two recent articles highlight the challenges faced by Irish in the twenty-first century and the extent to which its defence is hobbled by the empty symbolism, lip-service and half-measures of the Southern state.
First, the Limerick Post reports on the controversy surrounding the exclusion of anything marking Seachtain na Gaeilge from the City of Culture celebrations (the designation is a national one and has no connection with the European scheme).
The cultural highlight of the week was instead the Argentinean theatre show Fuerza Bruta ("brute force").
Secondly, the Irish Times is carrying an opinion piece by the new Coimisinéir Teanga, Rónán Ó Domhnaill, in which he describes languages rights as "basic human rights" that are also "key to the survival of the language". In other words, use it or lose it.
It remains to be seen how the Government will react to this re-statement of basic common sense.