300 Schools- 30,000 Students
One whole day - Gaeilge non stop
Is your school registered???
What is the aim?
- This is the fifth year of Gaeilge24. More schools are taking part every year and the pupils are always enthusiastic about the challenge.
- The aim of this challenge is to encourage young people to try speak Irish non stop for one whole day- 24 hours: at home, at school, in shops and businesses, around the town, with freinds, in sports and youth clubs and everywhere else!
- This challenge will help to open the minds of young people and allow them to experience the Irish language in a unique and positive way.
- Thousands of young people will be taking part. We are expecting more than 300 schools to register and over 30,000 pupils to participate in 2018
- Every student who takes part will get ideas and phrases for the day along with the package below.
Why should our school take part?
- An Scrúdú Béil - Particular emphasis on speaking Irish
Gaeilge24 will help any senior student preparing for the Irish oral examination (which is now 40% of the total marks for the Leaving Certificate). A whole day of speaking Irish will help improve their fluency and confidence.
- A living language - Outside of the classroom
Gaeilge24 provides a unique opportunity to take the Irish language out of the classroom. Other subjects could be taught through Irish. Sports days or school tours through Irish could be organised.
- Normalisation of the Irish language - outside of school
Through linking with local shops and businesses with Irish, local Irish language community groups, State services through Irish. This campaign can show how anybody can live their lives through Irish.
What do the students get to help them on the day?
We are asking every pupil to raise €10/£9 for the charity.
Every pupil will get the pack below. We will send the packages to the school a week before the challenge.
How many students / tshirts?
Schools of any size can take part - some schools registered 500+ pupils last year, while other schools had 10 students taking on the challenge. A single class, or even the whole school can register for Gaeilge 24!
There is no need to send on final details and numbers for t-shirts just yet. It would be better to register now and send all of the details to us before the 25th of October 2018.
The package will be sent to the school a week before the challenge, including "Labhair Gaeilge Liom (Speak Irish to me)" stickers for other teachers in the school.
Feedback from 2017
A survey was sent to every school taking part in 2017. You can see some of the answers and suggestions below:
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"The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day. They found it easier than expected to speak Irish for the whole day and this encouraged them to use the language more after Gaeilge 24."
"A brilliant opportunity for pupils to take use the language naturally instead of leaving it in the classroom, it was a great success." Áine Ní Fhlatharta, Coláiste an Chreagáin
"It was well worth taking on the challenge. As another teacher said, it created a different enjoyable atmosphere all round the school. What more could you ask for on a dull gloomy November day?"
"A nice simple idea to encourage students to speak Irish around the college. This created a nice Irish atmosphere which gives us hope for the future of the language." Clodagh Ní Éilí, Cumann Gaelach, St. Patrick's College (Drumcondra)
10 Ideas for the teacher:
- Put together a timetable for the day with various Irish language activities and events happening throughout the school
- Design a banner and posters for the school about the day's events
- Give a sticker to every teacher who speaks Irish
- Have an official launch in the school and invite a local guestspeaker
- Inform local radio stations that your school is participating in the challenge
- Organise a tour or a sports day in Irish or record a music video in Irish
- Organise games in Irish, such as Scrabble, Countdown or Hangman
- Sing a song in Irish in the town centre.
- Hand out leaflets with useful Irish language phrases to local shops and to parents. Explain that everybody has a role in the completion of the challenge (pupils can select shops as a project/ homework in the weeks leading up to the challenge)
- Team up with other schools who are also taking part in the challenge - skype in Irish
Where does the profit go?All profits will go directly to Conradh na Gaeilge to help in the promotion of the Irish language around the country. Conradh na Gaeilge is a registered charity. Charity number: CHY 3094
In the last few years any profit from Gaeilge24 has helped us to:
- Ceol 2017 le Raidió Rí-Rá
To record this annual CD and distribute a copy to all schools
- An Dream Dearg Campaign
A campaign aimed at ensuring an Irish Language Act in the north
A new support scheme for secondary schools that is being developed in conjunction with Gael Linn
A new campaign focused on schools - 50 challenges had to be completed within 50 hours
- Raidió Rí-Rá
Development of the Studio and a live schedule for the first time
& lots lots more
How do I register?
You can register by clicking on this link ....
If you do not yet have all the details, you can fill out the form and confirm the extra details with us before Thursday 25/10/18