COMHRÁ 24/7

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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 comhra@cnag.ie / +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

Bliain na Gaeilge starts

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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

Bliain na Gaeilge launches across the country

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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.*

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BLIAIN NA GAEILGE 2013 LAUNCH

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During this year’s Oireachtas na Samhna, which will take place in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal  this coming weekend, a year-long celebration of the Irish language called Bliain na Gaeilge will be launched amongst the Irish-speaking community at 1pm on Saturday 3rd November 2012.