FROM CALIFORNIA TO CARNTOGHER: IRISH SPEAKERS BREAK A WORLD RECORD THIS WEEK
Non-stop 168-hour conversation in Irish completed by language groups worldwide!
Irish speakers from California to Carntogher have broken a world record after spending a full week speaking Irish non-stop as part of the Comhrá 24/7 initiative from 29 September – 6 October 2013!
Comhrá 24/7 has connected Irish speakers from Sydney, Australia with Kerry County Council, the Celtic Arts Center in California to UCD in Dublin, Sheffield, England with Athlone Community Station, the Beijing Foreign Studies University of China with Gaelphobal Cheantar an tSrath Báin in Strabane, Co. Tyrone, Glasgow with An Garda Síochána College in Tipperary, Líofa speakers in Stormont with a Joint Oireachtas Committee of Leinster House – all this as part of Bliain na Gaeilge 2013 and a non-stop Irish conversation over the course of 168 hours, it’s unbelievable!”
The longest continuous conversation in the Irish language ever began at the All Ireland Ladies’ Gaelic Football Championship in Croke Park, Dublin at 1.30pm on Sunday, 29 September 2013, and Comhrá 24/7 used Google Hangouts to keep the conversation going, moving from one group to another non-stop across the world for the week, before coming to an end as part of the Rights & Revelry festival in Belfast at 2.00pm, Sunday, 6 October 2013. Comhrá 24/7 is a Bliain na Gaeilge initiative, a year-long festival celebrating 120 years of the revival of Irish this year.
The interactive conversation was streaming live to the world via www.gaeilge2013.ie/comhra247 for the duration of the week and nearly 90 groups* partook in this world record attempt. Irish- and English-speaking schools got involved in Comhrá 24/7, as well as community groups, houses of parliament north and south, libraries, third level institutions, arts centres, television and radio stations such as RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, BBC Uladh, and Raidió Rí-Rá, and lots more.Everyone in Conradh na Gaeilge and in Bliain na Gaeilge in general would like to say a huge thanks to all the groups that took part in this incredible world record, and we hope Comhrá 24/7 has inspired the global community to talk in Irish, not only for this special week, but in life in general in the coming months and years!”
Information about Comhrá 24/7 can be found on the Bliain na Gaeilge website at www.gaeilge2013.ie in addition to images and videos from the world record attempt. Bígí Linn – Let’s Celebrate Our Language!