Is Leor Beirt (conversational groups)

It Only Takes Two

 

Conradh na Gaeilge doesn’t believe you need to have tons of people to get your cúpla focal going – it only takes two!!

Conradh na Gaeilge has launched the first national network of Irish-language conversation circles by the name of Is Leor Beirt, or It Only Takes Two, in conjunction with Irish-Language Community Schemes across the country. It is extremely easy to set up a new Is Leor Beirt conversation circle; all you need is for a small group of people to meet in a local cafe or in your workplace restaurant to chat together in Irish on a regular basis. A minimum of two Irish-speakers will be at each venue partaking in Conradh na Gaeilge’s scheme every week or every month, and will welcome new people to the group.

There is absolutely no extra cost or time needed to get involved with the Is Leor Beirt network as the scheme revolves around coffee breaks or lunchtimes that people would be taking anyway, only now they’ll be relaxing in a new setting in the company of other people interested in the language.

The Conradh’s new scheme Is Leor Beirt, or It Only Takes Two, gives everyone in the community a chance to use their cúpla focal and ensures Irish will be heard in various public places across the country. Not only will Conradh na Gaeilge’s scheme be providing a contact point for people maybe not already involved in the Irish-language community, but Is Leor Beirt will help people overcome their fear and lack of confidence in speaking the language by providing a safe, friendly and informal setting to use their cúpla focal.

Groups in Galway, Mayo, Loughrea, Ennis, Dublin and Tullamore are already benefitting from the scheme. Here are the contact details of those groups:

CURRENT VENUES:

 

ARMAGH

Time: The first and third Saturday of the month at 11.00am – 12.00 (fluent speakers)
Place: Embers Coffee House and Grill Bar, 7 Market Street, Armagh
Contact: Seán Ó Maoilsté +44 (0)28 37515229 / sean@cairdeteo.com

Time: The first and third Saturday of the month at 12.00 – 1.00pm (improvers)
Place: Embers Coffee House and Grill Bar, 7 Market Street, Armagh
Contact: Seán Ó Maoilsté +44 (0)28 37515229 / sean@cairdeteo.com

 

BRUSSELS

Time: Last Wednesday of every month at 6.00 – 8.00pm
Place: The Old Oak, Franklinstr. 26 (beside Schumann), Brussels, Belgium.
Contact: Nikola Tzonkov +32 494 435 880 / tzonkov@ireland.com

 

CAVAN

Time: Every Wednesday at 11.00am
Place: Room 115, Riverfront Hotel, Virginia, Co. Cavan.
Contact: Billy Kearns billykearns@gmail.com / +353(0) 86 8837574

Time: Every Wednesday night at 8.00pm
Place: Farnham Arms Hotel, Cavan, Co. Cavan.
Contact: Glór Bhréifne +353 (0)87 6401682 padraig.ocuinneagain2@mail.dcu.ie

 

CARLOW

Time: Every Wednesday for students that are doing oral examinations at 4.30pm
Place: New Oak Community Centre, Tullow Street, Carlow.
Contact: Glór Cheatharlach +353 (0)59 9158105 / +353 (0)85 1340047 / emma@glorcheatharlach.ie

Time: First Thursday of every month at 9.00pm
Place: Reddy’s, 67 Tullow Street, Carlow.
Contact: Glór Cheatharlach +353 (0)59 9158105 / +353 (0)85 1340047 / emma@glorcheatharlach.ie

Time: Last Thursday of every month at 9.00pm
Place: Dolmain Hotel, Kilkenny Road, Carlow.
Contact: Glór Cheatharlach +353 (0)59 9158105 / +353 (0)85 1340047 / emma@glorcheatharlach.ie

 

CLARE
+353 (0)65 6864474

Time: Every Wednesday night at 8.00 – 9.00pm
Place: Potter’s Hand Café, Kilrush, Co. Clare.
Contact: Máire Hamilton +353 (0)86 3455961

Time: Every Wednesday night at 8.15pm
Place: Old Bar, Wolfe Tones na Sionna, Shannon, Co. Clare.
Contact: Club na Sionna +353 (0)61 368194 / lodonnghaile@hotmail.com

Time: Every Saturday at 3.00 – 4.00pm
Place: Potter’s Hand Café, Kilrush, Co. Clare.
Contact: Máire Hamilton +353 (0)86 3455961

Time: Last Tuesday of every month, 24 November 2009 at 11.00am
Place: Different venues.
Contact: Breandán Mac Fhionnghaile clarasgaeilge@eircom.net / +353 (0)65 6864474

 

CORK

Time: Every day at 9.00am – 5.30pm
Place: Gael-Taca, 22 22 Sullivans Quay, Cork City
Contact: Gael-Taca Corcaigh +353 (0)21 4310841 / eolas@gael-taca.com

Time: Every fortnight, Monday night 16 November 2009 at 8.00pm
Place: Clarion Hotel, Lapps Quay, Cork.
Contact: Eilís Uí Bhriain +353 (0)87 1235203

 

DOWN

Time: Every fortnight, Thursday at 8.30 – 9.30pm from 21 January 2010 onwards
Place: Upstairs in St. Peter’s GAA Club, Warrenpoint, Co. Down.
Contact: Micheál Breathnach walshspharmacy@hotmail.com / +44 (0)28 4175 3661

 

DUBLIN
+353 (0)1 4757401

Time: Every Monday morning at 9.00 – 10.15am
Place: Gaelscoil Inse Chór, South Circular Road, Islandbridge, Dublin 8.
Contact: Gearóidín Ní Eochagáin +353 (0)87 6998057

Time: Tuesday night, once a month, 14 February 2012, at 8.00pm
Place: Clasach, Alfie Byrne Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3.
Contact: Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann +353 (0)1 8363060

Time: Every Tuesday night at 8.30pm
Place: Áras Chonradh na Gaeilge, Grattan Cresent, Inchicore, Dublin 8.
Contact: Craobh Inse Chór +353 (0)1 4535814

Place: Keelings Pub, Donabate, Co. Dublin
Time: Every Tuesday night at 9.00pm
Contact: Liam Ó Culbáird +353 (0)86 3814422

Time: Every Wednesday at 10.00 – 11.30am
Place: The Buttery Café, Trinity College, Dublin 2.
Contact: Aonghus Dwane, Oifigeach Gaeilge gaeloifig@tcd.ie / www.tcd.ie/gaeloifig

Time: Every Wednesday at 11.00am
Place: O’Briens Bagel Factory, 10 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2.
Contact: Síne Nic an Ailí +353 (0)1 4757401 / sine@cnag.ie

Time: Every Wednesday at 11.00am – 12.15pm
Place: Bistro 6 West, 90 Terenure Road North, Dublin 6W
Contact: Billy +353 (0)87 2646484 / billydunne47@eircom.net

Time: Every Wednesday at 6.30pm
Place: Terenure Library, Templeogue Road, Dublin 6W
Contact: Mary Chambers +353 (0)1 4901533

Time: Every Wednesday night at 9.00pm
Place: Fingallians GAA, Estuary Road, Swords, Co. Dublin.
Contact: Liam Ó Culbáird +353 (0)86 3814422

Time: Every Friday at 1.00 – 2.00pm
Place: Ionad Buail Isteach, Connolly Books, 43 East Essex Street, Templebar, Dublin 2.
Contact: Criostóir Ó Broin ionadbuailisteach@gmail.com / +353 (0)87 6662903

Time: The first Friday of every month at 1.00pm
Place: Camden Court Hotel, Camden Street, Dublin 2.
Contact: Siobhán Nic Gaoithín gaeilge@dit.ie

Time: Every Saturday at 2.00 – 4.00pm
Place: An Café Gaelach and Volunteer Centre, 107 Amiens Street, Dublin 1.
Contact: Máire Ní Bheaglaoich ionadbuailisteach@gmail.com / +353 (0)87 6662903

Time: Monthly Irish Lunch, Dublin Institute of Technology
Place: IFI Restaurant, Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Templebar, Dublin 2.
Contact: Siobhán Nic Gaoithín gaeilge@dit.ie

 

FERMANAGH

Time: Every Wednesday night at 8.30pm
Place: Blakes of the Hollow, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh.
Contact: Seán Ó Fiaich ofiaich@hotmail.co.uk

 

GALWAY
+353 (0)91 567824

Time: Every Monday night at 8.00pm
Place: Lohan’s Restaurant, Salthill, Galway.
Contact: Patricia Lohan goodtimes@lohans.ie / +353 (0)91 522696

Time: Every Tuesday at 10.30am
Place: McCambridges’ Café, Shop Street, Galway.
Contact: Áras na nGael +353 (0)91 567824 / conradh@bradan.iol.ie

Time: Every Tuesday night at 8.00pm
Place: Tigh Neachtain, Quay Street, Galway.
Contact: Áras na nGael +353 (0)91 567824 / conradh@bradan.iol.ie

Time: Every Tuesday night at 9.00pm
Place: The Menlo Park Hotel, Terryland, Galway.
Contact: Deasún Ó Sionna +353 (0)86 2279549

Time: Every Wednesday ag 11.00am
Place: Cúl an Tí, Gaeilge Locha Riach Offices, Loughrea, Co. Galway.
Contact: Gaeilge Locha Riach +353 (0)91 870718

Time: Every Sunday at 2.00 – 4.00pm
Place: Áras Éanna Café, Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, Co. Galway.
Contact: Bríd Ní Chualáin ccteo@eircom.net

 

GLASGOW

Time: Every fortnight, Tuesday night at 8.00pm
Place: Molly Malones, 244 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 3PT
Contact: Evin Downey cnag_glaschu@hotmail.com

 

KILDARE

Time: Every Saturday morning at 11.00am
Place: Alice’s Restaurant, Naas, Co. Kildare.
Contact: Daithí de Faoite +353 (0)87 2249756

 

LEITRIM

Time: Every Saturday morning at 11.30am – 12.30pm
Place: Stanford’s, Dromahair, Co. Leitrim.
Contact: Bríd +353 (0)86 0580034

 

LEUVEN

Time: Every Sunday at 7.00pm
Place: Stapleton’s, Standonckstraat 4, Leuven, Beligum.
Contact: Nikola Tzonkov +32 494 435 880 / tzonkov@ireland.com *please make contact beforehand in case of a last minute change*

 

LIMERICK

Time: Every Wednesday night during term time at 7.00pm
Place: Scholars Bar, Students’ Union, University of Limerick, Castletroy, Limerick.
Contact: Christóir Ó Faoláin +353 (0)87 6225725 / tirgananim@gmail.com

Time: Every fortnight, Thursday night 29 April 2010 at 8.30pm
Place: Different venues (see www.gaeilluimni.ie for details)
Contact: Micheál Mac Oireachtaigh +353 (0)86 1637452 / geraghtymichael@hotmail.com

 

LIVERPOOL

Time: Every Thursday night at 9.00pm
Place: St Michaels Irish Centre, Boundary Lane, Liverpool, L6 5JG.
Contact: Tony Birtill Tony@birtill79.freeserve.co.uk

 

LOUTH

Time: Every Wednesday night at 7.00pm
Place: Dan’s Cafe, Carlingford, Co. Louth.
Contact: +353 (0)87 2287996

Time: Every Wednesday night at 8.00 – 10.00pm
Place: The Bar Tender, Park Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth.
Contact: Tamara Ní Chonaill oconnelltamara@yahoo.ie / +353 (0)87 7624244

Time: Every Thursday night at 8.00pm
Place: Cornamucklagh House Pub, Cornamucklagh, Omeath, Co. Louth.
Contact: Neville Mac Cana +353 (0)86 6003935 / +44 (0)78 5823 0313

 

MANCHESTER

Time: Last Thursday night of every month at 9.00pm
Place: The Jolly Angler, Ducie Street, Manchester.
Contact: Pat McGuinness patrickmcguinness@nasuwt.net/ +44 (0)161 225 0645

 

MAYO
+353 (0)94 9022444

Time: Every Monday night at 9.00pm
Place: The McWilliam Hotel, Claremorris, Co. Mayo.
Contact: Brídín Ní Cheallaigh +353 (0)87 9781166

Time: Every Tuesday night at 9.00pm
Place: Matt Molloy’s, Bridge Street, Westport, Co. Mayo.
Contact: Brídín Ní Cheallaigh +353 (0)87 9781166

Time: First Wednesday of every month (starting 01 June 2011) at 11.00am – 12.00pm
Place: Tara Café, Castlebar Shopping Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
Contact: Brídín Ní Cheallaigh +353 (0)87 9781166 / eolas@conradhmhaigheo.ie

Time: Every Wednesday ag 9.30 – 12.00pm
Place: Mc Carthy’s Pub, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
Contact: Brídín Ní Cheallaigh +353 (0)87 9781166

Time: Every Wednesday at 11.00 – 12.00pm
Place: Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
Contact: Brídín Ní Cheallaigh +353 (0)87 9781166

Time: Every Thursday at 11.00 – 12.00pm
Place: Tara Café, Castlebar Shopping Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
Contact: Brídín Ní Cheallaigh +353 (0)87 9781166

 

NEW YORK

Time: Once a month, 03 June 2010 at 8.00pm
Place: Ceol Pub, 191 Smith Street, Brooklyn, New York
Contact: Tadhg MacEoghain timothymckeon@yahoo.com / +1 917 6761467

 

OFFALY

Time: Every Wednesday ag 12.30 – 1.30pm
Place: Quigley’s, Patrick Street, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Contact: Barbara Tynan +353 (0)86 8157342

 

PARIS

Time: Every second Thursday night, 26 November 2009 & 10 December 2009, at 7.30 – 11.30pm
Place: The Quiet Man, 5 rue des Haudriettes, 75003 Paris (Metro, vélib : Rambuteau, Hôtel de Ville)
Contact: Ciarán Mac Guill comhraparas@hotmail.fr / +33 (0)6 828 707 10

 

SLIGO

Time: Every Wednesday morning at 10.30 – 11.00am
Place: Wheats Café, Institute of Technology, Sligo.
Contact: Eileen Curley curley.eileen@itsligo.ie

Time: Every Friday at 5.30 – 6.30pm
Place: Ósta (behind Barton Smiths on the riverbank), Sligo.
Contact: Seosamh Mac Muirí +353 (0)87 2754402

 

TIPPERARY

Time: Every Thursday night at 9.00 – 11.00pm
Place: Skeahan’s Pub (Kickham House), Liberty Square, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
Contact: Laoise Ní Cheallaigh LNiCheallaigh@stpats.ie / +353 (0)87 6187089

 

TYRONE

Time: The first Saturday of every month at 11.00am
Place: Youth Club, Savings Bank Street, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone
Contact: Pádraig Mac Ardáil pat.mcardle@o2.co.uk

 

WATERFORD

Time: Every Tuesday night at 7.00 – 8.30pm
Place: Óstán na Páirce, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.
Contact: Cabríní de Barra +353 (0)87 6532044 / cabrini01@gmail.com

Time: Every Thursday night at 7.00 – 8.00pm
Place: Tramore Library, Market Street, Tramore, Co. Waterford.
Contact: Tramore Library +353 (0)51 381479

Time: Every Thursday night at 9.30 – 11.30pm
Place: Gingerman Bar, Arundel Lane, Waterford
Contact: Séan Ó Briain seanuabriain@gmail.com / +353 (0)86 3086661 / Ciorcal Comhrá na nDéise on Facebook

 

WESTMEATH

Time: Every Wednesday at 11.00am – 12.30pm
Place: Áras an Mhuilinn, Jail Hill, Mount Street, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
Contact: eolas@arasanmhuilinn.ie / +353 (0)44 9330644

Time: Every Wednesday night at 10.00pm
Place: The Olive Bar, Ballyvaheen Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
Contact: teangaire@gmail.com

 

WEXFORD

Time: Every Tuesday night at 7.00pm
Place: New Ross Library, Barrack Lane, New Ross, Co. Wexford.
Contact: Dearbhla O’ Laighinn +353 (0)51 421877 / newrosslib@wexfordcoco.ie

Time: Every Thursday night at 7.15 – 8.15pm
Place: Neville’s Old Bar, Main Street, Fethard On Sea, Co. Wexford.
Contact: Carol Ní Stásaigh +353 (0)87 6644314

 

New groups are welcome to partake in the scheme and Conradh na Gaeilge will be supporting groups from across the country. Just contact Conradh na Gaeilge at isleorbeirt@cnag.ie / +353 (0)1 4757401. Take part in Is Leor Beirt!

MORE INFORMATION:

Peadar Mac Fhlannchadha
National Project Co-ordinator, Conradh na Gaeilge
091 567824 / 087 4188050
isleorbeirt@cnag.ie

Síne Nic an Ailí
Development Executive, Conradh na Gaeilge
01 4757401 / 087 6546673
sine@cnag.ie