Conradh na Gaeilge will present a special award to Bhreandán Mac Gearailt, member of Coiste Dúiche Chiarraí, to honour his great achievements for the Irish language over the past thirty years. The award will be presented at Ard Fheis Chonradh na Gaeilge in Tralee this evening.
‘Gradam Chonradh na Gaeilge' will be presented to Breandán, originally from Limerick, but residing in Kerry for many years. He was a founding member of the Gaeltacht Civil Rights Movement in Kerry. He had a central role in the campaign that formed Údarás na Gaeltachta in 1979, and he was a board memeber of Údarás na Gaeltachta for many years. He is a talented writer, and was a columnist and journalist. He wrote six books, as well as tourism booklets. He also spent time as a magazine editor, working on Misneach and Iris na gCearta amonth other titles.
Dr Niall Comer, President of Conradh na Gaeilge says:
“We are incredibly proud of the achievements of our members, especially those who fought for language rights and who progressed the Irish language and its status within the community and in Ireland today.”
Peadar Mac Fhlannchadha, Advocacy Manager for Conradh na Gaeilge says:
“It is a great honour to have the opportunity to present this award to Breandán Mac Gearailt for the important work he has done over the years for the Irish language and for Conradh na Gaeilge. Brendán is still an active member of Conradh na Gaeilge and we are incrediblty proud to have him here tonight in Kerry, where he has done continual work to support and strengthen the Irish language in the area.”
Breandán is still an active member of Conradh na Gaeilge today, and the award will be presented to him at the Ard Fheis dinner tonight in Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee.