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24Apr
2019
Press Releases, News

New English-Irish Dictionary has over two million users in a twelve-month period for the first time

Foras na Gaeilge is delighted to announce that over two million users consulted the New English-Irish Dictionary website, foclóir.ie, in the twelve-month period from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019. This is the first time since the site was launched in January 2013 that the two million mark was reached in any twelve-month period. During the same period, over 25 million pages were viewed.

Compared with the same twelve-month period the year before (1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018), there was a 23% increase in user numbers and a 29% increase in pageviews.

67% of the dictionary’s users are in Ireland, 18% are in the US and 7% are in Britain.

In terms of technology, over 60% of users use mobile phones to access the website while 30% of users use computers with the rest using tablets.

The foclóir.ie website was launched in January 2013. Entries were added to the website every six months until January 2017. There are almost 48,000 entries and 130,000 sense units on the website. The dictionary team is currently working on the print edition of the dictionary which is due to be published next year.

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18Apr
2019
News

Time for Arts: Branar & Moonfish #ÁrdTeangaFéin

What are Branar and Moonfish?

Branar Téatar do Pháistí is one of the leading theatre companies creating work for children in Ireland. Branar creates beautiful, innovative, high quality productions that inspire children and their families and supports artists to create work for young audiences through our tailored programmes of resource sharing and Tiny Show creation. They also create opportunities for children to explore their own arts practice in school settings.

Moonfish is a Galway-based theatre company creating productions in Irish and English that is rooted in the broad world of the imagination. Moonfish is a collaborative ensemble that blends language, story-telling, music and dance with puppetry, interactive technology and lighting to create exhilarating experiences that challenge and excite their audiences.

Empowering the Arts

Foras na Gaeilge promotes the Irish language arts, the traditional arts, Irish language learning and culture on an all-island and international basis. This work includes the arts sector, festivals, conferences, theatre, training workshops, publications, films and cultural events.

Foras na Gaeilge believes that the arts have a vital role to play in society by helping us to define our identity and express ourselves.

How did Foras na Gaeilge support Branar and Moonfish?

In 2018 Foras na Gaeilge supported Branar and Moonfish through the Drama Companies Scheme 2018.

This scheme focuses on Irish language drama companies which aim to foster, develop and provide Irish language drama to the arts sector, the Irish language community, the general public and the education sector. As well as that, this scheme focuses on the development of attendee and audience communities.

Further information

Further information on how Foras na Gaeilge supports the arts is available in the booklet Time for Arts.

A full list of Foras na Gaeilge schemes can be found here

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15Apr
2019
News

Time for Community: Carn Tóchair #ÁrdTeangaFéin

Who are the Carntogher community? 

There is a small rural community of 200 families in the Slaughtneil area, under Carntogher Mountain, on the edge of Maghera, Co. Derry. The area was experiencing depopulation over the years, a challenge which impacted on language, traditional ecological habitats and the agricultural sector.

The Carntogher Community Association was established in 1992 to regenerate the Slaughtneil and Carntogher area and to promote environmental, economic, social and cultural projects in the area.

The revival of the Irish language is central to the ethos of the development committee and they promote all projects bilingually. There is a young, lively, energetic community of Irish speakers a bright vision for the area who are currently leading the revival of Irish.

Carntogher was among the 5 Irish speaking communities that gained official recognition as an Irish language network in 2015. This was the first time such official status was awarded to an area outside the Gaeltacht.

Heart of the Community

Services through Irish for the Carntogher community include a shop, a coffee shop, resource centre, theatre, youth club and afterschool club. There are Irish language and music classes, conversation circles, training courses and reflexology sessions for babies and children in the resource centre provided locally.

Féile Charn Tóchair is a community based festival which celebrates culture, language, environment and the archeological heritage of the Maghera area. As well as Féile Charn Tóchair the community organises Feis Charn Tóchair, which promotes culture and revival of the Irish language. There are sections in the feis which are suitable for all young people, whether naíscoil, Gaelscoil, or English medium primary and secondary schools.

How does Foras na Gaeilge support Carn Tóchair?

Foras na Gaeilge provided support for Carntogher in 2018 through the Irish Language Communities Scheme 2016 – 2020, Irish Language Networks, the Festivals Scheme, the Summer Camps Scheme and the Youth Events Scheme.

If you are interested in getting more information about our funding schemes and about the support available for you fill in the contact box below and we will be in contact with you.  

Further information

There is further information on the support Foras na Gaeilge provides to the community in this booklet.

More information on Irish language networks is available at #GaeilgeleChéile.

A full list of Foras na Gaeilge schemes can be found here

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15Apr
2019
Nuacht

Buaiteoir Deontais Ghaeltachta €1,000 Fógartha

Tá buaiteoir an chéad Deontas Gaeltachta ó Chomhar Creidmheasa Naomh Aontoine agus an Cladach fógartha. Is í Katie Dooley an buaiteoir a bhfuil cónaí uirthi i Maigh Cuilinn agus a fhreastalaíonn ar Choláiste Naomh Éanna an buaiteoir. Bhailigh Katie agus a máthair Eileen an duais ó Lisa Stewart, Comhar Creidmheasa Naomh Aontoine agus an Cladach, agus Bríd Ní Chonghóile, Gaillimh le Gaeilge, agus dúirt Katie: ‘Tá áthas an domhain orm an deis seo a fháil freastal ar choláiste Gaeltachta. Táim ag súil go mór le casadh le daoine nua agus mo chuid Gaeilge a fheabhsú, agus tar éis dom an cúrsa a chríochnú, beidh mé níos muiníne ag labhairt na Gaeilge. Go raibh míle maith agaibh, a Chomhair Chreidmheasa Naomh Aontoine agus an Cladach.’

Is í seo an chéad bhliain den Deontas Gaeltachta agus cuireadh tús leis chun tacú le daltaí ina gcuid iarrachtaí a gcuid Gaeilge a fheabhsú. Gach bliain, reáchtálann an Comhar Creidmheasa sparánacht choláiste, #UniCash, trína mbronntar naoi sparánacht, ar fiú €1,500 an ceann iad, ar dhaltaí Ardteistiméireachta. Deir an tOifigeach Margaíochta Lisa Stewart ‘shíl muid gur forbairt nádúrtha a bhí sa Deontas Gaeltachta nua mar go raibh muid fós ag cuidiú le daltaí cur lena n-oideachas ach trí Ghaeilge an uair seo.’ Is féidir le gach ball iarbhunscoile de SACU cur isteach ar an deontas agus roghnaítear an buaiteoir go randamach. Is féidir an Deontas Gaeltachta a úsáid chun íoc as táille suas go dtí €1,000 agus tabharfaidh sé seo an-deis do Katie.

Deir Bríd Ní Chonghóile, Gaillimh le Gaeilge: “Táimid fíorshásta a bheith ag obair le Lisa agus an fhoireann iontach i gComhar Creidmheasa Naomh Aontoine agus an Cladach.  Ó tharla go bhfuil sé ar cheann de na hinstitiúidí airgeadais is mó cáil air i nGaillimh, tá ríméad orainn go bhfuil an Comhar Creidmheasa  chomh hoscailte don Ghaeilge agus go bhfuil siad ag cuidiú lena mbaill óga a gcuid Gaeilge a fheabhsú. Comhghairdeas le Katie! Is iontach an deis í seo cuairt a thabhairt ar an nGaeltacht agus taithí den scoth a fháil ar an gcultúr Gaelach. Tá muid ag súil go mór le leanacht leis an gcaidreamh iontach oibre atá againn leis an  gComhar Creidmheasa  agus an Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn agus a neartú tuilleadh sa chathair.”

Is cuid d’iarracht nua de chuid SACU é an Deontas Gaeltachta chun níos mó Gaeilge a úsáid i saol laethúil an ghnó. Is dlúthchara de chuid Ghaillimh le Gaeilge anois í an eagraíocht agus le bliain anuas tá an fhoireann tar éis a bheith ag freastal ar ranganna Gaeilge agus ag úsáid na Gaeilge ar chomharthaí agus le custaiméirí. Mar a deir Lisa Stewart, ‘le stádas na Gaillimhe mar Chathair Dhátheangach, shíl muid go mbeadh sé tábhachtach ár dteanga dhúchais a úsáid agus a chothú sa Chomhar Creidmheasa agus tá tuilleadh forbairtí beartaithe againn don todhchaí.’

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08Apr
2019
News

Na Gaeil Óga CLG: 'Is ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine'.' #ÁrdTeangaFéin

Who are Na Gaeil Óga? 

Na Gaeil Óga were established in 201o to give opportunities to young Irish speakers to use Irish and play Gaelic games. Na Gaeil Óga have six teams for adult members for hurling, football and camogie. There are 230 underage children registered with them now and 205 adults playing, which means that there are 435 in total playing at present. As well as that there are at least 200 other people involved indirectly, especially parents of the children, which means that there are around 635 people taking part in some way each week.

Friendship. Community. Sport. 

Na Gaeil Óga have created a really strong community in Lucan, Dublin, since they were established in 2010. As well as activities on the playing field they are organising weekly Irish classes for parents as well as social events of all kinds.

The Irish-medium club places a continuous emphasis on the participation of women and girls in sport and therefore they started new under-age teams for girls. All activities are of course organised through the medium of Irish and there are scores of people gathered at Na Gaeil Óga.  

During 2018 Na Gaeil Óga organised more than 1,000 Irish language events. 

How does Foras na Gaeilge support Na Gaeil Óga? 

Foras na Gaeilge provided support for Na Gaeil Óga in 2018 through the Summer Camps Scheme and through sponsorship. If you are interested in getting more information about our funding schemes and about the support available for you fill in the contact box below and we will be in contact with you.  

Further information

There is further information on the support Foras na Gaeilge provides to the community in these booklets:

A5 booklet 02 'Community' 02 English

A5 booklet 06 'Education' 02 English  

A full list of Foras na Gaeilge schemes can be found here

 

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03Apr
2019
Nuacht

An Dara Léacht Phoiblí sa Ghaeilge agus sa Léann Ceilteach

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01Apr
2019
Nuacht

Dr. Thomas H. Bak, caint phoiblí a thabhairt ar ‘The Significant Health Benefits of Learning an Additional Language’

Tá lúcháir ar Gael Linn, le tacaíocht ó Fhoras na Gaeilge, fáilte a chur roimh an Dr. Thomas H. Bak, caint phoiblí a thabhairt ar ‘The Significant Health Benefits of Learning an Additional Language’. Tá clú idirnáisiúnta ar an Dr. Bak maidir leis an taighde atá ar bun aige in Ollscoil Dhún Éideann sa néareolaíocht chognaíoch. 

Deis iontach a bheidh san ócáid seo idirphlé a dhéanamh leis An Dr. Bak faoina a chuid taighde a chuireann go mór lenár dtuiscint ar na buntáistí a bhaineann le teangacha eile a fhoghlaim, beag beann ar aois.

Dáta: Dé Máirt 16 Aibreán 2019

Am: 7.30 p.m.

Ionad: Foras na Gaeilge, 63-66 Amiens Street, Baile Átha Cliath 1

Saorchead isteach (líon teoranta) - RSVP reamonn@gael-linn.ie le d’áit a chur in áirithe.     

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20Mar
2019
Nuacht

Tuairimí an phobail faoi Phlean Gaeilge Chathair na Gaillimhe á lorg ag OÉ Gaillimh

Tá suirbhé seolta ag OÉ Gaillimh chun tuairimí an phobail a bhailiú faoin bPlean Gaeilge atá beartaithe don chathair. Beidh an suirbhé ar líne ar oscailt ó inniu 13ú Márta go dtí 12ú Aibreán 2019 agus tá sé d’aidhm aige measúnú a dhéanamh ar mhianta agus ar riachtanais an phobail maidir le forbairt na Gaeilge i nGaillimh. Faoi Acht na Gaeltachta 2012, ainmníodh Gaillimh mar Bhaile Seirbhíse Gaeltachta agus mar thoradh air sin is gá plean a chur le chéile chun cur le húsáid na Gaeilge sa chathair. Anuraidh cheap Comhairle Cathrach na Gaillimhe agus Gaillimh le Gaeilge an Dr John Walsh ó Roinn na Gaeilge agus an Dr Dorothy Ní Uigín ó Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge chun an plean a fhorbairt. Is féidir an suirbhé a fháil anseo: http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ptGaillimh2019 

Tá an tionscadal Gaeilge seo á chómhaoiniú ag Foras na Gaeilge tríd an Roinn Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta agus Comhairle Cathrach na Gaillimhe.

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15Mar
2019
Press Releases, News

Grants approved for Scottish and Irish Gaelic joint projects and for drama companies

At the second meeting of 2019 on Friday 8 March in Belfast,  the Foras na Gaeilge board approved grants for Scottish and Irish Gaelic joint projects and for drama companies throughout the island.

€32,522 worth of grants were approved under the Colmcille Grants Scheme, a scheme which fosters relations and strengthens the connection between the Scottish and Irish Gaelic language communities. The projects to be run during 2019 include Nasc with Sgoil an Taobh Siar, Isle of Lewis, which is being run by An Clár as Gaeilge (€12,000), Scottish Gaelic Programme for the Willie Clancy Summer Scheme 2019 (€4,500) and Òran Bagraidh with Cumann Cultúrtha Mhic Reachtain (£3,500).

€209,729 has been approved for 16 drama companies under the Drama Companies Scheme 2019 including Aisling Ghéar, Belfast (£24,000), Fibín, Galway (€27,360), High Rock Productions, Dublin (€19,000), Ababú, Belfast (£10,000) and Graffiti, Cork (€15,000).

As well as the above grants the Scholarships Scheme 2019 will be distributed under three categories:

Category

Organisation

Pupils under 16, aimed at Northern Ireland only.

Conradh na Gaeilge

Gael Linn

Adults, aimed at adults in the north and south 

Gael Linn

Families, aimed at families in the north and south 

Cumann an Phiarsaigh

 

Conradh na Gaeilge, Gael Linn and Cumann an Phiarsaigh can be contacted directly for queries on scholarships.

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Note to the editor:

Foras na Gaeilge funding schemes:

All information on the funding schemes below now open is available at www.forasnagaeilge.ie/sceimeanna

  • The Colmcille Grants Scheme 2019
  • The Commissions Scheme 2019 (Clár na Leabhar Gaeilge)
  • The Mentoring Scheme 2019 (Clár na Leabhar Gaeilge)
  • Summer Camps Scheme 2019
  • Youth Events Scheme 2019/20
  • The Business Support Scheme 2019

 

Further information:

Anna Davitt, Programme Manager: Communications, Marketing & Awareness, Foras na Gaeilge

Tel: 0035387 673 6175    

Email: adavitt@forasnagaeilge.ie

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14Mar
2019
Press Releases, News

All aboard with Téarma.ie

A new version of www.téarma.ie, The National Terminology Database for Irish, was launched during Seachtain na Gaeilge at a launch event at Foras na Gaeilge headquarters today. The new website was developed by Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, DCU with funding from Foras na Gaeilge.

www.téarma.ie is a platform for publishing the work of the Terminology Committee, a collection of terminology that covers a broad range of technical fields, from contemporary computing to traditional sailing. The database contains approximately 185,000 bilingual entries and has been one of the most widely-used Irish-language digital resources since its launch in 2006. Users of the site made over 7.5 million searches in the database in 2018.

The appearance of the website has been totally redesigned in a clean, contemporary style that is in keeping with other Foras na Gaeilge language resources. The new site has a responsive design, meaning that it will render well on a variety of devices or screen sizes.

The homepage now contains a feature that lists entries that have been recently added to the database, e.g. open top bus (bus oscailte), gealach na fola (blood moon), teorainn réidh (soft border) and tionchaire (influencer). Another new feature is the browsable domain list, providing a different way of querying the database.

Terms listed in the search results now have an additional feature which provides one-click access to searches in several other Irish-language resources (i.e. www.foclóir.ie, www.teanglann.ie, www.gaois.ie and Nua-Chorpas na hÉireann).

Foras na Gaeilge CEO, Seán Ó Coinn said, “For over 10 years, since the terminology website was made available to the public for the first time, Irish terminology and lexicography have dramatically changed in ways you would not expect in that short period of time. That transformation not only shows the linguistic expertise we have among us, but also reveals the technological expertise and partnership. Foras na Gaeilge has a very beneficial collaboration with third level institutions in relation to lexicography and terminology initiatives which allow us to make achievements that would not be possible for us to make alone.  I would like to thank Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge DCU in particular in relation to this project. I would also like to thank members of The Terminology Committee for being so generous with their time and expertise; the result of their work can be seen on this new site.”

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Note for editor: 

The following developments made on www.téarma.ie:

  • A multilingual terminology database containing approximately 185,000 concepts
  • Quick search providing exact results and related results
  • Advanced search for more specific queries
  • Browse by domain
  • Links to other language resources, i.e. foclóir.ie, teanglann.ie, gaois.ie, Nua-Chorpas na hÉireann
  • Terminology data available for download in TBX & TXT format
  • Terminology request form to make an enquiry to the Terminology Committee
  • Source code available under open licence

 

The new version of www.téarma.ie uses an onomasiological (or concept-based) approach with the search term being listed separately under each of the different concepts to which it refers. The previous version followed a semasiological (or dictionary-based) approach wherein the different meanings of a term were laid out under a headword. The main reason for this shift in emphasis is to differentiate more effectively between www.téarma.ie as a source for technical terms and online dictionaries which focus on general language.

 

In addition to the new features mentioned above, the terminology management system behind www.téarma.ie has been totally re-engineered. This is an essential aspect of the project that is not visible to the public but enables the effective storage and editing of the terminological data. 'Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, DCU will launch Terminologue, a public, cloud-based version of this platform at www.terminologue.org in April 2019. This new resource will allow users to create, edit and publish their own termbases free of charge. In addition, the source code for both www.téarma.ie agus Terminologue will soon be published at github.com/gaois.

 

Further Information:

 

Anna Davitt, Programme Manager: Communications, Marketing & Awareness, Foras na Gaeilge

Tel: 0035387 673 6175    

Email: adavitt@forasnagaeilge.ie

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