Students have 50 hours to record 50 actions promoting the Irish language as part of national #Dúshlán challenge competition on Twitter
Third level Irish-language societies and secondary school students around Ireland will have 50 hours to complete 50 actions through, and on behalf of, Irish next week as the national #Dúshlán challenge competition gets underway across the country from Tuesday to Thursday (2 – 4 February 2016).
All the teams are being asked to register their details at www.cnag.ie/dushlan by this Friday (29 January 2016), and while there is no limit to the numbers of teams entering from each school or third level institution, there must be a minimum of two people and a maximum of three people per #Dúshlán team.
The aim of the competition is to encourage students to use and promote Irish in a fun way, whereby they are challenged to undertake various actions on behalf of the language and record evidence of their activism on Twitter by using the #Dúshlán hashtag to win points for their team.
Edel Ní Bhraonáin, Third Level Student Coordinator with Conradh na Gaeilge says:
Niamh Ní Chróinín, Second Level Student Coordinator with Conradh na Gaeilge says:
“We have some fantastic individual prizes up for grabs for each team member on the two best teams, as well as a prize each in recognition of the best college and the best school taking part in #Dúshlán. It’s such an exciting and inspiring way to get third level and second level students active in using and protecting their language rights, so is everyone ready for the #Dúshlán challenge?!”
The team that takes first place will win an iPad Mini for every #Dúshlán team member, and the team in second place will get a One4All voucher worth €100 or £75 for each member, while a special cup will be presented to the best third level institution and the best secondary school to recognise their collective efforts. Each team member must be a registered second or third level student to qualify to win a prize, but members of the general public are also invited to take part and to register to receive the #Dúshlán challenges at www.cnag.ie/dushlan.
The challenge competition will begin at 2.00pm on Tuesday (2 February 2016) and participants will have until 4.00pm on Thursday (4 February 2016) to complete this year’s #Dúshlán. Funded by Foras na Gaeilge, this national #Dúshlán competition is being coordinated byConradh na Gaeilge, Glór na nGael, Seachtain na Gaeilge, Irish Second-Level Students' Union (ISSU), and The Union of Students in Ireland (USI).