Attempt for longest ever Irish-language conversation comes to a close in TG4's Gaeltacht Headquarters
Community groups across five continents have completed 170 hours’ conversation in Irish as part of #Comhrá16, a world record attempt for the longest ever Irish-language conversation. The #Comhrá16 finale took place in TG4's Gaeltacht Headquarters in Conamara, Co. Galway, at 3.00pm today (Tuesday, 18 October 2016).
Starting at midday last Tuesday (11 October 2016), Conradh na Gaeilge coordinated a world record attempt for the longest ever conversation in Irish, and over 1,050 people from 80 groups in ten different countries took part in #Comhrá16 throughout the week.
Cóilín Ó Cearbhaill, President of Conradh na Gaeilge said:
“Every single person who participated in the #Comhrá16 conversation and helped achieve this world record deserves huge praise and thanks. Language connects people, and #Comhrá16 brought groups from the four corners of Ireland and overseas together to take on this challenge. Ní neart go cur le chéile – there is strength in unity.”
Groups from Europe, Asia, North America, South America, and Australia conversed together online as part of the #Comhrá16 world record attempt coordinated by Conradh na Gaeilge, and the non-stop conversation as Gaeilge was streamed live at www.snag.ie for the week.
Julian de Spáinn, General Secretary of Conradh na Gaeilge said:
“#Comhrá16 was great for raising spirits and having lots of fun with the language, and we were delighted that so many international groups on five different continents participated in this year’s Irish-language world record attempt. Both Irish-language and Gaeltachta groups got involved in this year’s world-record attempt, with third level Irish-language societies, schools, GAA clubs, Is Leor Beirt conversation circles, radio stations, educational institutions, branches of Conradh na Gaeilge, and many more community groups around the world chatting as Gaeilge for #Comhrá16.”
Conradh na Gaeilge initiated the first Irish-language world record attempt with Comhrá 247 in 2013, where Irish was spoken non-stop for 168 hours in October 2013, and the 2014 attempt Comhrá ’14 broke that attempt with 169 hours of back-to-back chat as Gaeilge. The taster video for last year’s Comhrá ’15 challenge is available for viewing on Conradh na Gaeilge’s YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/comhra15 and this year’s video will be available soon.