Russian national has been appointed to promote Irish language

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Linguist from Moscow Victor Baida has taken the position of language planning specialist in Ireland. The Russian national will be responsible for the future of the Irish language in one of the Irish-speaking areas of the country. Dr. Victor Baida taught Irish at the Moscow State University for 15 years and speaks nine languages.

Victor has become the ninth Oifigeach Pleanála Teanga (language planning officer) appointed by Údarás na Gaeltachta (government body responsible for the economic, social and cultural development of the Irish-speaking regions) as part of the State’s 20 year strategy for the Irish language.

“I was interested in languages in school and when I was 13 years old I began learning different languages,” says Victor Baida. “I went to England to attend courses and it was there I found out there were other languages in the island.” Victor learned Welsh and Gaelic, and also studied Irish. He did his degree in Dutch and Irish and as part of his course, he attended Trinity College Dublin for a term to improve his Irish.

He later attended the Connemara Gaeltacht, especially An Spidéal and An Cheathrú Rua, and Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta in NUIG.

He now speaks fluent Irish with a Connemara ‘blas’ as well as Dutch, Welsh, Gallic, French, German, Swedish and Icelandic.

His new responsibilities will include implementing a plan for the Irish language area in the south of Kerry along with groups of local activists.

Based on materials of The Irish Times