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New DVD aims to tackle falling numbers studying Irish at GCSE Level

New DVD aims to tackle falling numbers studying Irish at GCSE Level

Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge and Comhar na Múinteoirí Gaeilge are delighted to announce that the launch of the DVD, Gabh le Gaeilge will take place during Oireachtas na Samhna.

Gabh Le Gaeilge is an information package for GCSE students in Northern Ireland. The DVD, and the information pack that accompanies it, explain the benefits of studying Irish as a school subject. 

There are over 150 subjects available for the GCSE but the number of students choosing Irish has fallen by 25% over the past three years, with many students choosing other languages instead of Irish. 

Comhar na Múinteoirí Gaeilge and Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge undertook this particular project to tackle this current trend in decreasing figures. 

The Gabh le Gaeilge DVD and information pack, will be sent to teachers in English speaking schools, to help them promote Irish as a choice for the GCSE.  The pack is aimed at students between 11-14 years of age, with little Irish, so simple clear Irish is used throughout the DVD, and the rhythm of the DVD is suitably timed. 

In the DVD, Caoimhe Ní Chonchoille introduces speakers from different backgrounds, who speak about the Irish language in their lives. 

The speakers on the DVD include Tomaí Ó Conghaile (Radio presenter and journalist with Nuacht 24), Ursula Uí Dhonnaile (Irish language officer with Dungannon Council) and Mark Harte (Former footballer with Tyrone, and secondary school teacher). ~

Each speaker mentions that they would not have had the same advantages without Irish, and that Irish helped them a lot from a personal and professional development perspective.  Caoimhe then informs the viewer about summer colleges, Gaeltacht areas, and the GCSE exam. 

The DVD Gabh le Gaeilge will be officially launched on Friday 29th October in Seomra Onóra, at the INEC in the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney.  If you would like to attend this event, please let us know by e-mailing us at:

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