Author of Capitalising on Culture, Competing on Difference to address Conradh na Gaeilge Ard-Fheis in Nenagh
The theme of Conradh na Gaeilge's Ard-Fheis this year is aptly The Role of the Irish Language in Ireland's Economic Recovery, a theme that will face the growing concerns voluntary organisations, and indeed the public in general, have as a result of the current economic recession.
Pádraig Mac Fhearghusa, President of Conradh na Gaeilge said: "In the current economic climate, we need now more than ever to cultivate our community values with the aim of restoring and refreshing the Irish economy, and the Conradh believes the Irish language is at the heart of these important values.
As a result of tomorrow's budget (07th April 2009), we will certainly need to demonstrate innovation and entrepreneurship to find new revenue for voluntary organisations such as Conradh na Gaeilge, so that the vital work we do within the community can continue. We are ready for the challenge."
Conradh na Gaeilge's 2009 Ard-Fheis will be held in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary from the 8th - 10th May 2009 and the convention will officially open Friday night at 9.00pm. Professor Finbarr Bradley, educationalist, will give the opening speech that evening entitled The Value of the Irish Language in the Age of Innovation - A Radical Role for Conradh na Gaeilge.
Professor Bradley has previously lectured in UCD, DCU and NUI Maynooth, and his most recent book, Capitalising on Culture, Competing on Difference (co-written with James J. Kennedy), highlights the commercial and economic value the Irish language has in the modern world.
Pádraig Mac Fhearghusa
President, Conradh na Gaeilge
066 7124169 / 087 2901154
Peadar Mac Fhlannchadha
National Project Coordinator, Conradh na Gaeilge
091 567824 / 087 4188050