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Seachtain na gaeilge was launched last week by Foras na Gaeilge and Conradh na Gaeilge. It is a week long celebration and promotion of the Irish language. First established in 1903 by Conradh na Gaeilge, it is an annual event with over 150,000 people of all levels of fluency of Irish taking part.
This years ambassadors are Lynette Fay(Presenter of Opry an lúir TG4 and BBC Radio NI), Ciarán Kilkenny( Dublin footballer) and Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill(Presenter of Ponc and Rugbaí Beo TG4). The ambassadors are all irish speakers in both public and socially.
Events have been organised all over the country for this year’s Seachtain na Gaeilge and a list of these can be found on the website WWW.SNAG.IE or download the App SnaG 2014.SNAG.IE have published a handbook for schools and youth groups which is packed full of ideas for anyone who wants to take part agus a chuid gaeilge a úsáid.
As well as these events, the annual national relay run for Irish, Rith, will be taking place from the 7th-15th of March. This relay race will span 700km, from Ballyvourney to Belfast, with thousands of people taking part in the towns along the way.
Locally, there are many events taking place to promote the use of Irish. Gael Taca on Sullivans Quay in Cork city have a great line up including a Puppet shows for children as gaeilge and a fun day. A list of events can be found on their website or by calling into the cafe. Also contact your local library for upcoming events over the next few days as well as local community centres.
So now is a great time for all you Leaving Cert students out there to practice your Irish in public before the oral examinations! And perhaps an even better time for all of us to use the Irish we can remember from school and use it to promote our language and keep it alive..after all it is only a “dying language” if we let it die. Bainigí taitneamh as Seachtain na Gaeilge.
New words to learn for SnaG and to impress friends with : Gúgláil (googling) Féinphic (Selfie) Haischlib (Hashtag#)
Is leatsa í mar sin úsáid í.
Aisling Mc Geough is an Irish Tutor at Alliance Franҫaise Cork. She has a joint Honours degree in English and Irish from University College Cork NUI.She is a qualified Train the trainer and has ten years experience as a tutor of Irish to junior and senior cycle students. She also works as a youth worker and communications tutor as well as an Irish language administrator.