COMHRÁ 247 – Done

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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 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 in addition to images and videos from the world record attempt. Bígí Linn – Let’s Celebrate Our Language!


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Irish-speakers from every corner of Ireland will be linking up with global Gaeilgeoirí in places as far-flung as Beijing, China; Sydney, Australia; California in the United States; Glasgow, Scotland; and Sheffield, England as part of the world-record attempt Comhrá 24/7, the longest continuous conversation in Irish ever, running around the world from 29 September – 6 October 2013!


Thanks to TG4, the Ladies’ Gaelic Football Association and the GAA’s Irish-language committee, the Comhrá 24/7 world-record attempt will be launched at the All-Ireland Ladies’ Football Championship Finals in Croke Park, Dublin, at 1.30pm this coming Sunday, 29 September 2013.


Julian de Spáinn, Coordinator of the Comhrá 24/7 world-record attempt says: “We’re looking forward to realising an extraordinary achievement for the Irish language with Comhrá 24/7 next week. There has never before been a non-stop, week-long conversation online around the world, and we hope that Comhrá 24/7 inspires people to speak Irish – from Glasgow to Gaoth Dobhair, from Béal an Mhuirthead to Beijing, from Carntogher to California – for Bliain na Gaeilge 2013!”


And an extraordinary achievement it will be – Comhrá 24/7 will broadcast live for the duration of the week online at, and over 60 Irish-language groups are registered to take up different hour-long slots of the longest ever continuous Irish-language conversation. Comhrá 24/7 is encouraging Irish in local rural and urban communities, at home and abroad, in schools, in sports clubs, in nightclubs and even in houses of parliament!


An Garda Síochána and politicians north and south are taking part in the world-record attempt next week; the Líofa initiative are hosting a special event with students and Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure Carál Ní Chuilín MLA in Stormont on Monday (30 September 2013), while TDs and Senators will attend a special presentation through Irish to the Joint Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht in the Houses of the Oireachtas Thursday (3 October 2013).


The third level Irish-language societies are taking up the reins for the nightly broadcasts from Monday to Thursday, while Comhrá 24/7 will broadcast live from Club Chonradh na Gaeilge in Dublin Friday night and on the Raidió Rí-Rá chartstation via Saturday night. The world-record attempt will finish with a bang after midday on Sunday, 6 October 2013, as part of the Rights & Revelry / Cearta & Ceiliúradh celebrations in Belfast


All the information on Comhrá 24/7 is on the Bliain na Gaeilge website at and you can contact / +353 (0)1 4757401 if you would like to take part in this special world-record attempt. Bígí Linn – Let’s Celebrate Our Language! END


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30 September 2013

Culture Minister chats her way to world record win.

Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has taken part in a world record attempt to have the longest Irish language conversation ever.   The record attempt Comhrá 24/7 is being organised by Conradh na Gaeilge as part of Bliain na Gaeilge and is running until the 6th of October.   One hundred and sixty eight groups are required to participate in the 24/7 conversation.

Speaking from Parliament Buildings where the Minister facilitated a conversation circle with St Dominic’s School and Cólaiste Feirste, she said: “This is an innovative way to encourage people to speak Irish and I am very happy to be part of it. 

“Here at Stormont, across Belfast, throughout Ireland and indeed across the world gaeilgoiri are taking part in this fun attempt to break the world record.   A non-stop interactive global conversation spanning a week like this has never taken place before in Irish.

“As a nation of talkers I’m sure we will do our best to be record-breakers and in the process we can all practice our Irish.  Languages will only survive if they are spoken and that is one of the reasons I established Líofa which is a campaign to get people fluent in Irish by 2015.

“I have no doubt this week- long event will be a success and no matter what your level of Irish we will all be record breakers by midnight on the 6th of October.”