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US comedian and Irish language enthusiast Des Bishop has launched a social network site designed to encourage the use of Irish online.
Aimed at both learners and speakers of Irish, Abair Leat! is the first user generated content application of its kind and allows users to create a personal profile, add friends and exchange messages in Irish.
The core concept of abairleat.com is that at least 70 per cent of all posts and comments must be in Irish. It automatically calculates the percentage of Irish in each post and then invites the user to amend the submission if required.
A spellchecker is provided and an integrated version of Google tr*nsl*t* allows users to tr*nsl*t* any words they do not know.
Speaking at the official launch in Dublin this morning, Bishop said he sometimes receives a negative response when he posts comments in Irish online................