Well, the latest ad, which you can watch here, is hilarious and utterly damning of the Irish educational system, or at any rate of our pretensions towards national pride. It's about three lads in a bar in
'An bhfuil cead agam dul amach go dtí an leithreas?
Agus madra rua! Is maith liom cáca milis.
Agus Sharon Ní Bheoláin.
Tá geansaí orm.
Tá scamaill sa spéir.
Tabhair dom an cáca milis!'
'Ciúnas bóthar cailín bainne,' he says.
Impressive, you might think, except for the fact that the vast majority of Irish people are notable for their incompetence in our native tongue. Rendered into English, the 'poem' our hero declaims is as follows:
'May I have permission to go out to the toilet?So everyone who's nodding along sagely is basically just saying 'cake'.
And fox! I like cake.
And Sharon Ní Bheoláin.
I'm wearing a jumper.
There are clouds in the sky.
Give me the cake!'
As for what yer man says when he's dancing away with yer wan?
Sadly, it's nothing more impressive than 'Silence road girl milk.'
She's done more for the Irish language -- in tandem with the Gaelscoileanna, to be fair -- than decades of independence. And back when she skimped on the make-up, she used to be even prettier.
It has to be said that the lads are as good as their word here. They're asked to do something Irish, and come out with a spectacularly improvised stream of nonsense.
Flann O'Brien would have been proud.