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!
FROM BEIJING TO BELFAST WITH NON-STOP COMHRÁ 24/7, THE LONGEST IRISH-LANGUAGE WORLD-RECORD ATTEMPT!
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 www.gaeilge2013.ie/comhra247, 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 www.rrr.ie 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 www.gaeilge2013.ie and you can contact email@example.com / +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
PRESIDENT OF IRELAND STARTS BLIAIN NA GAEILGE 2013 WITH NEW YEAR’S PARTY IN KERRY GAELTACHT
Local sporting legend Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh and renowned Kerry musician Pádraig Ó Sé officially started Bliain na Gaeilge 2013 and its yearlong celebration of the Irish language with a personal pre-recorded message from President Michael D Higgins in Daingean Uí Chúis, Co. Kerry, starting the year with a programme of special events before the annual fireworks on New Year’s Eve, 31 December 2012.
Thousands of people gathered at the marina and heard President Higgins’s inspirational message for Irish speakers everywhere on New Year’s Eve. There were fireworks for all the family to enjoy at 10.00pm before ringing in the New Year as Gaeilge by singing Auld Lang Syne in Irish, a translation of which was sent to local schools and was also distributed amongst the crowd on the night.
The revival of the Irish language began 120 years ago with the founding of The Gaelic League, or Conradh na Gaeilge as it is now known, and almost 2 million people on the island of Ireland claim to have Irish today. The Bliain na Gaeilge festivities aims to provide these people with thousands of different opportunities to use Irish throughout 2013.
Speaking about Bliain na Gaeilge 2013, President Michael D Higgins noted how Douglas Hyde, the first President of Ireland, chaired the first meeting of Conradh na Gaeilge in July 1893 and said: “With minority languages under pressure around the world at present, Irish has never had a more important role to play. The Irish language is at the core of our culture and our unique identity. As the President of Ireland, I am delighted to wholeheartedly support Bliain na Gaeilge – Irish is our language and its future depends on us.”
President Higgins is encouraging everyone to use Irish with their friends, relatives, colleagues and anyone else that they can in 2013, as well as checking out the events listed online at www.gaeilge2013.ie and attending some of them. The President also urged the public to take part in the various Bliain na Gaeilge competitions, to go on holidays to the Gaeltacht, and to encourage friends from abroad to come to Ireland in 2013 to attend some of the Bliain na Gaeilge events and to take part in The Gathering Ireland.
Julian de Spáinn, National Coordinator of Bliain na Gaeilge explains: “Bliain na Gaeilge is a year-long celebration of the language that aims to motivate and empower people to use Irish next year, both within Irish-speaking areas and beyond. We are delighted to have started Bliain na Gaeilge 2013 in the Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht this New Year’s, and would like to take the opportunity to thank the Kerry Gaeltacht community for helping us to organise such a fantastic night in Daingean Uí Chúis.”
Over 100 other language and culture organisations from across the country will be taking part in this important language initiative, including the likes of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, TG4, and USI. As well as finding information on national Bliain na Gaeilge events, you can also register local events on www.gaeilge2013.ie.
For more details, see www.gaeilge2013.ie; www.facebook.com/gaeilge2013; or Twitter @gaeilge2013. Foras na Gaeilge and Údarás na Gaeltachta support Bliain na Gaeilge 2013. Bígí Linn – Let’s Celebrate Our Language!
What can you do as part of Bliain na Gaeilge 2013?
- * Use Irish with your friends, your relatives, your colleagues and anyone else you can in 2013
- * Check out all the events on our website at www.gaeilge2013.ie & attend some of them
- * Take part in the competitions – there are great prizes to be won!
- * Make the decision to improve your Irish or learn it from scratch in 2013 – you could even take part in the Líofa 2015 initiative
- * Go on holidays to the Gaeltacht
- * Encourage friends from abroad to come to Ireland in 2013 to attend some of the Bliain na Gaeilge events and to take part in The Gathering Ireland 2013
- * Buy products made in Ireland to help support the environment in which we’re promoting Irish
Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín is encouraging people to take up the Líofa challenge in the New Year, which is also designated as Bliain na Gaeilge.
Líofa (the word meaning ‘fluent’ in Irish) is an initiative introduced by the Minister in September 2011 to help people become fluent and improve their fluency and usage of Irish by 2015. Nearly 3500 have joined Líofa. 2013 will be such a special year for Irish across the entire island of Ireland as it has been designated Bliain na Gaeilge (‘Irish Language Year’). Throughout the year there will be opportunities for people to use whatever level of Irish they have or to learn it for the first time.”
“The Líofa campaign will complement Bliain na Gaeilge so watch out for what is happening across the north including Irish language events as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge festivities in March and Derry City of Culture. ” “However, now is the time to make the commitment to learn Irish in 2013 as part of your New Year’s Resolution. Although Líofa is a personal commitment and goal, we will help steer your learning experience and assist you in sourcing Irish Language classes and learning support if you sign up to take the Líofa challenge. “2013 will be an exciting year for Líofa too. There will be a new website which will act as a platform for Irish Language activity and direct learners in their endeavour to improve and reach fluency in the Irish Language. Embedded in the Líofa website will be a Líofa learning package which will enhance spoken Irish and reinforce the work of classes and other resources Líofa participants are using to achieve their fluency goal. “I look forward to the results of the Líofa survey recently carried out which will inform us of the support required by those in the Líofa community who seek to improve their Irish Language spoken skills.
Speaking about her own Líofa journey, Carál Ní Chuilín said: “I have personally enjoyed my year of learning although getting to grips with the irregular verbs has not been easy. I have also been to the Gaeltacht twice this year, which has really helped improved my conversational Irish and understanding of the challenges of learning a new language. Make 2013, Bliain na Gaeilge, your year to start learning and improving your Irish Language skills and join Líofa as part of your New Year’s Resolution – Lean Leat go Líofacht! ”
Listen to Auld Lang Syne in Irish Click here!
The lyrics are below:
Auld Lang Syne
Ó bhun go barr na tíre
‘s ar fud an domhain seo beidh
Na Gaeil ag casadh lámh le lámh
ar oíche Auld Lang Syne
Ar oíche Auld Lang Syne seo muid,
ar oíche Auld Lang Syne
Ag casadh amach anocht le bród
ar oíche Auld Lang Syne
Ó Mhumha go Gaillimh
‘s ar aghaidh ó Thuaidh agus fud
fad Chúige Laighean
Beidh glór an Daingin buailte libh
ar oíche Auld Lang Syne
Thanks to Traic Ó Braonáin and Ciarán Ó Muirí
BLIAIN NA GAEILGE 2013 LAUNCHES WITH SPRAOI SA PHOBAL ACROSS THE COUNTRY
120 balloons were released in different locations around Ireland on Sunday, 25 November 2012 as part of special Irish-language SPRAOI SA PHOBAL family days, officially launching Bliain na Gaeilge 2013 and starting the year-long festivities to celebrate 120 years of the revival of the Irish language.
The revival of the Irish language began in 1893 with the founding of The Gaelic League, or Conradh na Gaeilge as it is now known, and 2 million people on the island of Ireland claim to have Irish today; the Bliain na Gaeilge festival aims to provide these people with thousands of different opportunities to use Irish throughout 2013. There were Bliain na Gaeilge launches in Belfast; Ennis, Co. Clare; Galway; Derry; Castlebar (on 23 November) and the Mayo Gaeltacht of Béal an Mhuirthead.*
Download a poster for Bliain na Gaeilge here: DF2012_Postaer_A3_RP