In a letter to the editor of the Limerick Echo, a reader named Mac Leiguinn expressed disappointment and concern over the omission of the Irish language class from the Technical Education Committee’s syllabus for the 1902-03 academic year. Mac Leiguinn highlighted that when the class was launched last year, it saw a considerable amount of initial interest, with more students enrolling than in any other class at the Technical School.
Unfortunately, due to inadequate space and accommodation to meet the high demand, many students had to find alternative classes or give up learning Irish altogether. Despite these challenges, Mac Leiguinn argued that the class maintained a decent attendance throughout the year.
In the letter, Mac Leiguinn questioned why the class was discontinued, as there seemed to be no clear financial or attendance-related reason for doing so. Additionally, it was mentioned that several committee members were either publicly supportive of the Irish language revival or were obligated to do so as representatives of their organization.
Mac Leiguinn ultimately called for someone to take action and remind the committee members of their responsibility towards the Irish Language and to make efforts to reinstate the class for the benefit of the students who wanted to learn Irish.
Limerick Echo – Tuesday 14 October 1902