Máiréad Ní Mhaonaigh (Altan) launched the international Comhrá ‘20 campaign in Donegal Airport
Conradh na Gaeilge were delighted to have hundreds of people from all over the world take part in Comhrá ‘20 that began on Tuesday (October 13th) and finished yesterday in California. The online conversation has travelled all over the world, connecting Irish speakers from the Gaeltachts in Mayo and Donegal, to Kuala Lumpur, Christchurch, Paris and all over the world.
As part of this international campaign, Irish language and Gaeltacht groups, third level societies, schools, GAA clubs, conversation circles, radio stations, Conradh na Gaeilge branches, and many other community groups around the world have taken part. The conversation has traveled all over America, down to New Zealand and back to the Sur-Seine Gaeltacht in Paris. Zoom was used to create the ongoing conversation, on computers and phones, and provided a great opportunity to meet people with Irish all over the world and bring the Irish language community together during the pandemic.
Eilís Docherty, Operations Manager, Donegal Airport:
“We really enjoyed starting Comhrá ‘20 here sna Rosann at Donegal Airport with Máiréad Ní Mhaonaigh. We are a gateway to the Gaeltacht and like Comhrá we connect Irish speakers all over the world.”
Orlaith Nic Ghearailt, Manager of Seachtain na Gaeilge & Awareness Campaigns said :
“Throughout Covid-19 we all made greater use of technology to connect with people around the world. Technology helped keep the Irish conversation circles going during the intense lockdown and during Comhrá ‘20 we used this technology again to bring Irish speakers around the world together, with the conversation travelling over 90,000 miles.”
You can look back at the #Comhrá20 live stream videos on Seachtain na Gaeilge’s Youtube page.
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Róisín Ní Mhaoláin
Orlaith Nic Ghearailt
Manager of Seachtain na Gaeilge & Awareness Campaigns
Seán Ó Murchadha
Feidhmeannach Ilmheán agus Feachtais Feasachta
Conradh na Gaeilge is the democratic forum for the Irish-speaking community. The Conradh has over 200 branches and numerous individual members registered around the world, members that work hard to promote the use of Irish in their own areas. Conradh na Gaeilge’s main aim is to promote the use of Irish as the standard language in Ireland. Conradh na Gaeilge was established by Douglas Hyde, Eoin Mac Néill, and their colleagues on the 31st of July 1893. The organisation runs Irish-language courses; advocates for the language rights of Irish-speakers; raises awareness about the language; hosts the international Irish-language festival Seachtain na Gaeilge; manages the Irish-language information hub PEIG.ie and the Irish-language bookshop An Siopa Leabhar; supports Raidió Rí-Rá; and much more. More information: www.cnag.ie