Conradh na Gaeilge Launches Awareness Campaign for New Irish
This week sees the launch of Conradh na Gaeilge's diversity awareness campaign for New Irish communities interested in learning about the Irish language, starting with a talk at the Breffni Family Resource Centre in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, at 2.00pm this Wednesday, 26 August 2015.
Cóilín Ó Cearbhaill, President of Conradh na Gaeilge says:
“Though we sometimes take the influence of Irish on our society for granted, the language is embedded in our native culture and newcomers to the country see that it is all around them. Conradh na Gaeilge wants to reassure the New Irish that the Irish language is for everyone, that everyone should have the opportunity to derive fun and benefit from it, and indeed that the language needs everyone in the country to get involved and enjoy it, members of new and established communities alike.”
Seán Ó Murchadha, Awareness Campaign Executive with Conradh na Gaeilge, will launch the campaign on Wednesday (26 August 2015) with the first of many talks on the importance of the Irish language and its role in helping New Irish communities integrate into Irish society, and he says:
“Modern Ireland boasts a very diverse, multicultural, multilingual society, and the Irish language is a valuable cultural asset that we can share with everyone. Conradh na Gaeilge is kicking off its latest diversity awareness campaign today with a talk for a group from Kurdistan in the Breffni Family Resource Centre in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, at 2.00pm today, and all are welcome!”
Ó Murchadha continues:
“Conradh na Gaeilge aims to support local communities in developing a positive image of the language for all their residents, and we have already met with the Omagh Ethnic Community Support Group with a view to organising a talk with them this autumn. Irish is an integral part of the puzzle for New Irish communities trying to understand the cultural landscape of Ireland, and therefore the more they understand about the language, the easier it will be for them to integrate into, and participate in, a society so moulded by its own unique language.”
The Conradh na Gaeilge diversity awareness campaign focuses on talking to New Irish communities about the history and development of the language; its place in modern Europe; some funny and unusual meanings behind placenames and surnames in Irish; employment opportunities with Irish; how bilingual education can benefit children from all cultural backgrounds; the influence of Irish on how we speak English in Ireland; and how the New Irish in Ireland can get involved with the Irish language at a community level through the likes of Seachtain na Gaeilge, Is Leor Beirt conversation circles, Rith 2016, and much more.
Seán Ó Murchadha
Awareness Campaign Executive, Conradh na Gaeilge
Brenda Ní Ghairbhí
Manager of Seachtain na Gaeilge & Raising Awareness, Conradh na Gaeilge