The world record has been broken by Comhrá '14 for the longest Irish language conversation ever, which started last Sunday, 5 October and continued non-stop until Sunday, 12 October, at 1pm.
Brenda Ní Ghairbhí, Seachtain na Gaeilge Manager: "We're very tired but delighted to have broken the world record! It was a very challenging week but the campaign received fantastic support from community groups around the world and it is because of this that the world record attempt was a success. There's huge praise and thanks due to the 80 groups and more that took part and brought great encouragement and spirit to the effort as it would have been impossible without them. Ní neart go cur le chéile!"
Comhrá '14 was streamed live on www.snag.ie and it was through this live stream that the series of Irish language conversation circles from all over the world were linked to make one continuous conversation during this special week. The wider public were able to join in the conversation by following it live on www.snag.ie and sending messages on Twitter to the participants and audience with the hashtag #Comhrá14.
Brenda Ní Ghairbhí
Manager, Seachtain na Gaeilge
+353 (0)86 3649776 / +353 (0)1 4757401
Seachtain na Gaeilge is an international festival which runs in March every year to promote the Irish language and culture in Ireland and abroad. Conradh na Gaeilge set up the festival in 1902. The festival has gained a lot of momentum in recent years and is now one of the biggest celebrations of our native language and culture each year. Seachtain na Gaeilge gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy Irish, whether you are a native speaker, learner or have a cúpla focal. Community groups, schools, local authorities, libraries, cultural, sport and music organisations and more register events with Seachtain na Gaeilge each year. Next year's festival will run from 1 - 17 March 2015. Seachtain na Gaeilge is grateful to Foras na Gaeilge, the festival's primary funder, for its support of the festival each year. www.snag.ie
Conradh na Gaeilge is the democratic forum for the Irish-speaking community working to promote the language. There are over 180 branches of Conradh na Gaeilge and since its doundation in 1893, members of Conradh na Gaeilge have been avtively promoting Irish in every aspect of life in Ireland and especially its use in their own areas. Conraitheoirí are at the forefront of campaigns to secure and strengthen the rights of the Irish language community. It is also possible to register as an individual member of Conradh na Gaeilge. Conradh na Gaeilge runs Irish language classes in Dublin, Galway, Mayo, Tipperary, Newry and other locations across Ireland. www.cnag.ie