I did see a programme on Irish tv a couple of years ago where they visited Russia and spoke to some people who were into playing Irish music and some who had learned quite a bit of Irish. It always amazes me how people in other countries can learn Irish so well when they did not have the basics drummed into them in school in Ireland and have little contact with Irish speakers. We have so much 'baggage' with our history and language.
I think it is inevitable that language revival is in some sense political (e.g. campaigns against too many holiday homes and people changing house/place names from Celtic languages to English etc) but I feel that a language, to be fully functional, should be a vehicle for all varieties of opinion and that people should not feel excluded from the community of users of that language because of their political views. Anyway - enough of that!
By the way, should we start a new thread here for the sake of variety? I wouldn't mind asking how many people are currently actively doing this course.