Public debate on future of Irish language in Waterford and Limerick

Members of the public will be given the opportunity to have their say on the future of the Irish language in Limerick and Waterford, and to discuss their opinions with a panel of experts next week.
The seminars, entitled “The Irish Language in your Area: Your Language, Your Community, Your Choice” will be hosted by Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge on 21st November in Limerick, and 23rd November in Dungarvan. 
The first event will be held in the Strand Hotel, Limerick City, at 7.30pm on 21st November, and Beirní Ní Chuinn of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta will chair the event. 

Pádraig Mac Criostail, Director of Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge will discuss the establishment  of Gréasáin Ghaeltachta (Irish Language Networks) and action plans for local areas, as described in the 20 Year Plan for the Irish Language. Language Planner, Mait Ó Brádaigh, will discuss the practicalities involved in language planning and the best practice in language planning in an urban setting.

Sinéad Ní Chonchúir, a member of the Limerick branch of Conradh na Gaeilge will discuss the current support structures for the Irish language in the Limerick area, and how the work currently being undertaken supports the primary goal of the 20 Year Plan for the Irish language –  250,000 daily Irish language speakers by the year 2030.

At 7.30pm on 23 November, Sorcha Ní Chéilleachair, RTÉ Raidióna Gaeltachta will chair a similar event in Dungarvan, with Pádraig Mac Criostail and Mait Ó Brádaigh discussing the topics as above.  Cabrini De Barra, of GaeltachtnanDéise, will discuss the current support structures for the language in the local area, as well as the opportunities for development in the future.

Speaking about the public seminars, Pádraig Mac Criostail, Director of Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge said, “Local communities must now take ownership of the opportunities within the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish language, especially those opportunities to forge an Irish language network in their area.  Our seminars will demonstrate to the community the steps which they themselves can take to promote the language in an integrated manner, and emphasis will be placed on how planning can help communities work together for the promotion of the Irish language and for the better of the community.”

The seminars will take the form of an open public forum, and will be conducted bilingually.  The public will be given every opportunity to air their opinions in relation to the 20 Year Strategy, and the opportunities to develop Irish language networks in their area.  Representatives from local organisations, and public bodies who provide services to the public will be welcome to contribute to the discussion.

Admission is free, however those wishing to attend the seminars are asked to register in advance by e-mailing The programme of events can be dowloaded below:
An Ghaeilge i do Cheantar - Luimneach 21.11.11.pdf
An Ghaeilge i do Cheantar - Dún Garbhán 23.11.11.pdf


Last month, Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge hosted a public seminar in Cork to inform members of the public on the objectives of the Strategy, and to put together an action plan in conjunction with the local people, of how to obtain these objectives at a local level. 
The seminar, was held as part of the series; “Irish in Your Area: Your Language, Your Community, Your Choice”, and a further two seminars will be held soon in the Strand Hotel, Limerick on 21 November, and in Óstán na Páirce, Dungarvan, Waterford on 23 November. 
Among those who spoke at the event in Cork, was Liam P. Ó Murchú, UCC who discussed best practice in the area of language planning in urban settings, and the language planning requirements in the Cork area as depicted in the 20 Year Strategy. Chairperson of the GAA’s National Irish language committee Liam Ó Rinn, was joined by Jerry Ahern the chairperson of the Niall Ó Cathasaigh branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, and together they discussed the methods with which the GAA and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann aim to promote the Irish language at a grassroots level.  

Along with the above speakers, representatives of Cork city and county councils took part in the seminar, and representatives of locally involved Irish language organisations such as Gael-Taca and Cumann na bhFiann presented their annual action plans for the coming years.  The programme for the event can be downloaded here: An Ghaeilge i do Cheantar.pdf and a video of the night is available below:

During the seminar, a short video was shown which shows the work undertaken by Glór Cheatharlach, and what they have achieved in the Carlow area over the past 30 years.  The video can be viewed below:

Speaking about the seminar, Stiúrthóir of Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge, Pádraig Mac Criostail said: “The aim of this series of seminars is to inform the public of the opportunities to promote the Irish language under the 20 year strategy, and to begin the process of building and developing Irish speaking networks in the urban areas”.    

To achieve the goals set out in the Strategy, it will be necessary to encourage non-Irish speakers to use the language.  Everyone is welcome to attend this seminar, whether they have no Irish at all, have rusty Irish from school, or wish to raise their own children through Irish, this fully bilingual seminar will cater for all. 

Registration for the seminars in Limerick and Waterford is free, but people planning to attend should email their contact details to Cillian de Búrca, to register for the event and to receive further information.   

Downloads: Straitéis 20 Bliain don Ghaeilge - PMC - MF2011 - BÉARLA.pdf

© Published on 18 October 2011 

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