RTE’s Hector swaps Irish for Spanish lessons in Kildare


Entitled ‘Spiddalsborough’, this week’s episode of the The Tommy, Hector and Laurita podcast saw Hector announce that he will work with Euro Language College (ELC) to promote the Spanish, French and German languages.

“It’s like the Gaeltacht for world languages,” he said on this week’s podcast.

“There is a lot of adventure and there is a lot of Spanish in it.”

Hector recounted that he had a meeting at Clongowes Wood College in Co Kildare, to review the facilities for the ELC to use them as summer language courses, similar to Irish language courses in Gaeltacht areas in Ireland.

“People will go to Kildare to learn Spanish, French and German, I think that’s great.” Hector laughed.

Although co-host Tommy Tiernan was not impressed with the news.

“I thought half of the urge to learn Spanish in high school was that you might have a few months in Spain as part of it,” Tiernan said.

“Not take the train to Portarlington and the minibus to Clane, where’s the f ****** craic in there?”

When asked what role he would play in the language lessons, Hector embarked on an exam-style monologue with an impressive Spanish accent, before confirming that he had not taken up the pen.

Hector said he imagines he will be an ELC ambassador in some capacity.

“I like the idea of ​​promoting Spanish and other languages, but Spanish is booming all over the world, and I really think it’s a language that teenagers and more and more high schools have the opportunity to study. “

“You can call me an advocate, an ambassador, I am here to promote the role of these languages.”

Hector has also been busy filming with Ireland’s only Mariachi band in Poolbeg, which Tiernan described as “the Spanish Clancy brothers”.

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Sylvester L. Goldfarb

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