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Ros na Rún ‘running out of Irish speakers’

Despite a ratings boost from an appearance by Stephen Fry, the Irish language soap is struggling to find enough Gaeilgeoirs.

Stephen Fry appeared on Ros na Rún last week
Stephen Fry appeared on Ros na Rún last week
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THE POPULAR IRISH language soap may be on a high off the back a cameo from Stephen Fry last week but long term it could be in trouble because a lack of Irish speakers.

The makers of Ros na Rún are worried about the lack of Gaeilgeoirs or Irish speakers, according to the Irish Mail on Sunday today.

Producer Hugh Farley says that many people applying to work on the soap have ‘book Irish’ but lack the fluent, conversational Irish the programme needs.

Despite this, Farley adds that there doesn’t seem to be any problem recruiting women in their 20s: “We have few problems finding good-looking actresses who speak fluently,” he added.

The producer added that web-only dramas set in Ros na Rún and involving teenagers will start filming later this year.

Read more in today’s Irish Mail on Sunday >

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