Comhrá '14, the world record attempt for the longest Irish language conversation, which started last Sunday, 5 October, has passed the halfway line.
Brenda Ní Ghairbhí, Bainisteoir Sheachtain na Gaeilge said:
"We have had a few great days with groups all around Ireland and as far afield as Los Angeles, Sydney and even Beijing taking part in the record attempt! We have completed more than 90 hours but there is still a big challenge ahead of us to complete the week and make sure that we have groups to cover each hour of the conversation between now and Sunday."
Comhrá '14 is being streamed live on www.snag.ie and it's aiming to achieve 169 hours of Irish language chat non-stop from its start at 12.00pm on 5 October until its finale at 1.00pm on 12 October.
It is through the live stream on www.snag.ie that the series of Irish language conversation circles from all over the world are linked to make one continuous conversation during this special week. The wider public can join in the conversation by following it live on www.snag.ie and tweeting the participants and audience with the hashtag #Comhrá14.
Among the groups still to take part, there will be conversations coming from schools all over Ireland, third level Irish societies, Irish learners in Notre Dame University in the USA and there will even be a special conversation from the Dunsink Observatory where students from Gaelcholáiste Chill Dara will be visiting this Friday morning at 10.00am as part of World Space Week 2014.
There are still gaps in the timetable however and more groups are needed to fill the spaces, especially at the week-end. If you and a friend or group of friends have Irish, and are in the mood for a challenge, a chat and a bit of craic, check out the world record attempt's timetable on www.snag.ie and contact the Seachtain na Gaeilge office on +353 (0)1 4757401 or
Brenda Ní Ghairbhí
Manager, Seachtain na Gaeilge
+353 (0)86 3649776 / +353 (0)1 4757401
Sinéad Ní Dhomhnaill
Administrative and Support Officer, Seachtain na Gaeilge
+353 (0)86 1955515 / +353 (0)1 4757401
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