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    Breandan O Doibhlin: Pathfinder.

    Ó Dúshláine, Tadhg (2007) Breandan O Doibhlin: Pathfinder. In: Breandán Ó'Doibhlin. Coiscéim, Dublin, pp. 1-25.

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    A few things to explain at the outset: My first difficulty is public speaking in English and to do so with my Cork city patois in Derry is a bit rich. A second difficulty I had was with the subject: the notion that a prophet would be recognised in his own country and while he still alive is unusual by international standards and mind-boggling in the light of Dr. Johnson's remark when he said of us that: 'the Irish are a funny race, they rarely speak well of each other.' In any case this is not a 'This is Your Life' celebrity occasion, the vulgarity of self-interested promotion does not surround 6 Doibhlin's message. In other words, he does not have a cult following, but a readership and a discipleship based on the democratic Christian principles of free will and choice, not promotion and fashion. And therefore, it is the message I wish to examine, rather than the messenger. The message rather than the messenger, because the notion of admiration, let alone reverence for teachers and mentors is long since gone. Sports stars and pop stars are the great celebrities. The wearing of the footballer's jersey number is not discipleship. It is democracy gone mad, leaving no room for an elite or an aristocracy of talent or of intellect. At a time when the educational landscape of this country is succumbing to the demands of consumerism it is timely and advisable to consider those concepts which we have inherited, but which are no longer fashionable, considered even divisive, concepts which have become dumbed down or neglected in the helter-skelter world of the eternal present: such concepts as 'tradition', 'culture', 'nationality' and 'humanity', much more than words, which 6 Doibhlin has spent a lifetime interpreting.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Keywords: breandan o'doibhlin, breandán ó'doibhlin, biography, irish, ireland, irish language;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of Celtic Studies > Nua-Ghaeilge (Modern Irish)
    Item ID: 9774
    Depositing User: Tadhg O Dushlaine
    Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2018 14:45
    Publisher: Coiscéim
    Refereed: Yes

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