The Irish language has long been associated in the popular mind with Irish nationalism. While this association has undoubtedly developed in the past century, this politically association with the language is a quite recent phenomenon. The Irish Language predates all modern divisions and belief systems in Ireland and stretches back millennia. It is less widely known that the Irish Language was an object of affection and admiration for many influential nineteenth century Protestants and indeed unionists. An organization called Turas was established in 2011 by Linda Ervine and has had much success in disentangling Gaeilge from the quagmire of politics in enabling people from a Protestant background to explore, learn and own the language in East Belfast and beyond. The work of Turas has highlighted the shared heritage of Irish as well as the significant potential of the language as a vehicle for reconciliation.