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Poverty and the Irish language
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The new state's beginnings had opened with reports of famine-like conditions in parts of Connemara and each year brought a recurring pattern of poverty and distress to many parts of the region. In Britain, the United Irish League and the Irish Democratic League forwarded several cheques in aid of the distress. The concern of the government for the reputation of the Irish Free State abroad is significant. In supporting the economic development of the Gaeltacht, the government promoted the idea of making goods by the people of the Gaeltacht for the people of the Gaeltacht. One important suggestion made by the Gaeltacht Commission was its recommendation that steps be taken to develop University College Galway (UCG) as an Irish-speaking university. Addressing the socio-economic concerns of the Gaeltacht was fundamental to safeguarding the region as a reservoir of the Irish language.

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The west must wait

County Galway and the Irish Free State 1922–32


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