Stephen Fry has re-affirmed his affection for the people of Ireland with a kind message ahead of the Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish week) celebrations.
The legendary actor, comedian and presenter recorded a brief message for RTÉ in which he spoke of his admiration for the Irish language and how it has been kept alive throughout history.
Seachtain na Gaeilge began on March 1st and will run up to St Patrick’s Day on 17th March.
Fry mentioned his cameo appearance in Ros na Rún in which he spoke the Irish language.
He also said he had been lucky enough to stay in many Gaeltacht areas where Irish is the first language for the locals.
Fry spoke about how he admires the language and is aware that it is ever-changing, and has been kept alive through stories and song.
He also went as far to say that the Irish language is so special that it makes non-Irish people like him “grind their teeth in envy”.
Fry signed off his short message by saying he was very happy to play his small part in the Seachtain na Gaeilge celebrations.
You can watch his message here.
And if you don’t remember, here is Fry making his cameo appearance in Ros na Rún.
Fry has long been a popular figure in Ireland. On top of his vast collection of comedy work, including Blackadder and QI, he has also always shown great respect and love for the country.
Here he is speaking about the Irish language at Trinity College Dublin, back in 2010.