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03May
2019
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Grants worth €358,754 approved by Foras na Gaeilge board during the West Waterford Food Festival

At the third meeting of 2019 on Friday 26 April, during the West Waterford Food Festival in Rinn Ó gCuanach, the Foras na Gaeilge board approved grants worth €358,754.

Grants were approved for 71 summer camps running throughout the island during the summer. The Summer Camps Scheme 2019, which was announced earlier this year, will give the opportunity to young people between three and eighteen years of age to attend sports, drama, dancing, music and filming activities as well as trips. Grants worth €148,065, each a maximum of €2,500 or £1,750, have been approved for 71 separate camps this year.

Foras na Gaeilge provides funding support each year to community committees to establish new nursery school provision or nurseries through the Investment Fund for the Establishment of Preschool Provision and Childcare scheme. Grants were approved through this fund for Gaelscoil Aodha Dhuibh (£73,000) in Carryduff and Cúram Leanaí na Fuiseoige (£73,000) in Belfast.

As well as summer camps and nursery schools, €48,467 worth of grants were approved for major arts events running throughout the island during 2019. These include an Fhéile Náisiúnta Dhrámaíochta (€14,500), Féile an Phobail (£8,000) and Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (€5,500). These are major events which aim to promote the Irish language and language-based Irish language arts through the medium of Irish or bilingually.

Foras na Gaeilge Chief Executive Seán Ó Coinn said, “We very much welcomed the opportunity to have a board meeting at the West Waterford Food Festival, a festival which Foras na Gaeilge has supported this year through the Festivals Scheme 2019. There were representatives from Waterford City and County Council and Pleanáil Teanga na nDéise present at various sessions and cooperation between us has been put on a strong footing for the future. As for the funding approved at the meeting, I have no doubt but that the grants will have a positive influence on the use of Irish among young people again this year. There is the same demand for the Summer Camps Scheme from year to year but it is a cause of regret for us that it is not in our power to support all eligible applications due to a lack of money, especially in view of the interest and commitment shown by the groups organising the camps.”

 

 

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Further Information:

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

Tel: 0035387 673 6175    

Email: adavitt@forasnagaeilge.ie

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29Apr
2019
Nuacht, Preasráitis

Bronnadh Scoláireacht Mhic Dhonncha Bronnadh Ghradam Fhoras na Gaeilge

Seolfaidh Uachtarán na hOllscoile, an tOllamh Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, an seachtú heagrán den iris phiarmheasúnaithe Léann Teanga: An Reiviú ag 5.00i.n. Dé Céadaoin, an 1 Bealtaine 2019 i dTéatar Chearbhalláin, Áras na Gaeilge, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh.

Foilsítear An Reiviú mar chuid den chúrsa MA sa Léann Teanga le hAcadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh.  Is foilseachán bliantúil é seo a thugann ardán don dioscúrsa teanga in Éirinn agus thar lear.

Bronnfaidh Pól Ó Gallchóir, Cathaoirleach Fhoras na Gaeilge, Scoláireacht Mhic Dhonncha i gcuimhne ar Joe Mac Donncha (1953-2016) ag an ócáid chéanna agus bronnfar freisin Gradam Fhoras na Gaeilge ar na scoláirí a ghnóthaigh an marc ab airde don togra aistriúcháin i mbliain na céime de chuid an BA i Léann an Aistriúcháin.

Beidh sólaistí ar fáil agus cuirfear fáilte chroíúil roimh chách.

Tuilleadh eolais ar fáil  ag  reiviuleannteanga@oegaillimh.ie

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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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15Mar
2019
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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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13Mar
2019
Press Releases, News

TechFéile 2019

TechFéile 2019

 

Thursday 14 March 2019, The Black Box Theatre, Galway

The TechSpace Programme is an inspirational and celebratory day for young people and educators alike.

TechFéile is being held this year for the second time in Galway, on the 14 March this week. TechFéile is an Irish version of the Creative Tech Fest event which has been run for several years now by TechSpace. TechFéile will be based around 20 workshops and 10 competitions this year. There will be workshops on a range of different areas concerning media communications and technology; including Weather Workshops, Sports Commentary, Web Design, 3D Printing and Computer Games. This is a wonderful opportunity for schools/youth centres to showcase their achievements and is a celebration of the great work being undertaken by young people in creative technology.

TG4, Conradh na Gaeilge and Camara Education are collaborating with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to run this TechFéile event. It is being held in the Black Box Theatre and the aim of the event is to encourage creativity and technology among school children from the Gaeltacht and Gaelscoileanna right across the country. It is expected that over 200 students from Gaeltacht schools and Gaelscoileanna will attend as part of the TechSpace programme.

Among the guests speaking on the day will be television star Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh, and there will be music from the bands Togra from Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne and Driseog from Coláiste Chroí Mhuire, An Spidéal.

Chief Whip and Minister of State for Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Seán Kyne TD had this to say:

“I am delighted that the TechSpace Programme, as it is now called, is being rolled out nationally this year. My Department has been providing funding annually for this programme since 2015. Funding of €419,108 has been approved for this proposal for 2019 and funding for TechFéile is included in this. TechFéile is an occasion of great pride and inspiration and I am extremely pleased that my Department has been able to fund it again this year. This is the second year that TechFéile has been held and it is a great opportunity for young people to showcase their imagination and creativity. It provides a special opportunity for young people to further their technological and artistic skills while using the Irish language.”

The TechSpace programme has been running for the last 4 years under the aegis of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. https://www.techspace.ie/clartechspace

 

Contact TechFéile at info@techspace.ie

Full details at https://www.techspace.ie/tech-feile

 

Create – Invent – Inspire

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18Jan
2019
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€95,864 approved for Festivals Scheme 2019

Foras na Gaeilge is delighted to announce that grants worth €95,864 have been approved for 42 festivals to be run during 2019 through the Festivals Scheme 2019. Foras na Gaeilge’s board approved the grants at today’s board meeting.

The Festivals Scheme provides funding to festivals which aim to foster and promote Irish language arts, indigenous arts and the Irish language heritage through the medium of Irish or bilingually, as an integral part of the festival. The festivals give a national and international platform to the arts and have a significant influence on the Irish language community and on the wider community in general.

Foras na Gaeilge Chief Executive, Seán Ó Coinn, said, “They are also important for the Irish language community throughout the country to create social networks through Irish, and for communities to develop themselves as communities in which Irish is used on a regular basis.”

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Further Information:

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

Email: adavitt@forasnagaeilge.ie

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10Jan
2019
Press Releases, News

Significant update to content of the New English-Irish Dictionary

 

“Body shaming, single-use plastic, withdrawal agreement and emergency accommodation included for the first time”

 Foras na Gaeilge completed a significant update to the material on the New English-Irish Dictionary website on Thursday 10 January. As part of the ongoing work on the print version of the dictionary over 13,000 entries were edited in the last year. Entries were improved, errors corrected and additional sound and grammar files added to translations.

As well as the amendments above, over 100 new entries and senses were added to the dictionary. These were added based on current affairs, analysis of unsuccessful searches on the website, feedback and requests from users, and everyday use of Hiberno-English. Among the new entries and senses included are:

  • Current affairs: backstop, burqa, shaming (body shaming), Eurosceptic, withdrawal agreement, homeless crisis, emergency accommodation, rough sleeper, homeless hub, single-use plastic, House of Commons, regulatory alignment, customs arrangement, hard border, soft border, frictionless economy, direct trade.
  • Searches by and requests from users: craft beer, cutie, soakage, snowball fight, influencer, critical thinking, Dubai, carpool, sparkling water, pay gap, transformative.
  • Hiberno-English: to make strange with sb, quare, scutter, hames, to be sore on sb, cat (the weather’s cat), not the sharpest tool in the shed.

There has been a consistent rise in the number of users of the dictionary since its launch in January 2013. In 2018, over 1.9 million users accessed foclóir.ie and the dictionary team is confident that they will reach 2 million users per year before long.

The New English-Irish Dictionary is the primary dictionary project being undertaken by Foras na Gaeilge at present. It is available free of charge online and as an app, and will be available in print form in 2020.

We regularly receive feedback from the public in relation to the dictionary, both the content and functionality. We’re very grateful to everyone who takes the time to provide us with such valuable feedback and have made many changes to the dictionary as a result. Contact us at aiseolas@focloir.ie.

Further Information:

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

Tel: 0035387 673 6175    

Email: adavitt@forasnagaeilge.ie

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07Dec
2018
Press Releases, News

More than €3 million in grants approved by Foras na Gaeilge board at last meeting of the year

Foras na Gaeilge is pleased to announce that more than €3 million in grants have been approved, in the areas of radio, literature, publishing, community and education, at the last meeting of the Foras na Gaeilge board in 2018. 

Grants were approved for Raidió na Life (€720,000 over a period of three years) and for Raidió Fáilte (£648,000 over a three year period) under the Community Radio Scheme 2019-2021, which will support both stations in providing an Irish language broadcast schedule to local listening communities in Dublin and Belfast.  Grants were approved to promote Irish language literature and publishing through the Literature Projects Scheme 2019 (€103,005) and the Publishing Scheme (€674,574) which will support the plans of 13 Irish language publishing companies in 2019 including Coiscéim, LeabhairCOMHAR and Leabhar Breac.

In the field of education four grants worth €80,524 in total, were approved for the Scholarships Scheme 2019. The grants will be awarded to three lead organisations: Conradh na Gaeilge (€38,541), Gael Linn (€28,305) and Cumann na bhFiann (€3,678), as well as Cumann an Phiarsaigh (€10,000) to give young people, adults and families the opportunity to attend Gaeltacht courses in 2019. 509 learners, 421 young people, 24 adults and 15 families benefited from the scheme in 2018.

€120,000 was approved for the lead organisation Gael Linn to run the Gaelbhratach project in schools again in 2019. This scheme is funded by Foras na Gaeilge and run by Gael Linn with support from Conradh na Gaeilge and Glór na nGael and which gives vital support to the use of Irish in secondary schools and in primary schools throughout the island. The Gaelbhratach Irish language flag was awarded to 80 schools in 2018 and the scheme is going from strength to strength since it was launched in 2014.

The Colmcille Strategy 2019-2021 was approved, which sets out strategies for 2019-2021 and a mission to bring together Gaelic speakers of Scotland and Ireland. Under the Colmcille Grants Scheme £10,500 was approved for Club Óige Luraigh youth club to attend Fèis Eilean an Fhraoich in Lewis in July and August 2019. The grant will give an opportunity to teenagers and youth workers from County Derry to go to Lewis, a trip which will greatly increase the group’s awareness of Scottish Gaelic and will strengthen the relationship between themselves and their peers in Scotland.

A new scheme titled Scéim na Mor-Imeachtaí Ealaíon was approved, which will focus on major events which aim to promote the use of Irish in the community through the Irish language language-based arts. As well as that, the scheme will focus on the Irish language social networks, the general public and the arts sector on an all-island and international basis.

Foras na Gaeilge CEO, Seán Ó Coinn, said, “The wide range of the grants approved by Foras na Gaeilge today show the vigour of the Irish language at community level north and south in all areas of life. We hope that the grants will put the development of the Irish language on a strong and energetic footing at the start of 2019, and I congratulate all the groups who received funding from us during 2018, and who are now preparing for 2019, on their dedication and hard work.”

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Note to the editor:

  1. Foras na Gaeilge funding schemes

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

Further information on Scéim na Mor-Imeachtaí Ealaíon will be available in the week beginning 19 December 2018 at the link above.

  1. About the Scholarships Scheme 2019

The Scholarships Scheme is distributed under three categories:

Category

Organisation

Pupils under 16, aimed at Northern Ireland only

Conradh na Gaeilge

Gael Linn

Cumann na bhFiann

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, Cumann na bhFiann and Cumann an Phiarsaigh can be contacted directly with queries regarding this scheme.

Further Information: 

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

Tel: 0035387 673 6175    

Email: adavitt@forasnagaeilge.ie

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02Nov
2018
Press Releases, News

Comhchruinniú stairiúil le hÚdarás na Gaeltachta & €4.6M de dheontais faofa ag bord Fhoras na Gaeilge

Reáchtáladh comhchruinniú idir bord Fhoras na Gaeilge agus bord Údarás na Gaeltachta den chéad uair ag Oireachtas na Samhna 2018 i gCill Airne inniu. Ag an gcruinniú pléadh comhpháirtíocht reatha, tosaíochtaí na n-eagras, chomh maith le deiseanna féideartha comhpháirtíochta don todhchaí, i réimse na pleanála teanga ach go háirithe. Dúirt Príomhfheidhmeannach Fhoras na Gaeilge, Seán Ó Coinn, “B’ócáid stairiúil agus fhíorthábhachtach comhchruinniú an lae inniu a thug deis don dá bhord stiúrtha deiseanna comhpháirtíochta a chíoradh. Is iad Foras na Gaeilge agus Údarás na Gaeltachta an dá phríomheagras a mbeidh ról lárnach acu i gcur i bhfeidhm Plean Gníomhaíochta 2018-2022 don Straitéis 20 Bliain don Ghaeilge 2010-2030 agus mar sin, beimid ag obair go dlúth le chéile le dlús a chur faoinár ngníomhaíochtaí sna cúig bliana amach romhainn.”

Is cúis áthais d’Fhoras na Gaeilge a chur in iúl gur faomhadh caiteachas os cionn €4.6M ag cruinniú boird de chuid Fhoras na Gaeilge a lean comhchruinniú an lae inniu. Chomh maith le deontais do Cheanneagraíochtaí Gaeilge, ceadaíodh deontas do Choláiste Ollscoile Naomh Muire i leith an Áisaonaid Lán-Ghaeilge, a chuireann áiseanna ar ardchaighdeán ar fáil do scoileanna ina dteagasctar na curaclaim agus siollabais trí Ghaeilge.

I réimse na meán, beidh tús á chur le hathbhreithniú ar réimse na meán Gaeilge in 2018 agus táthar ag súil leis an bpróiseas athbhreithnithe a tabhairt chun críche le linn 2019. Chuige sin, tá síneadh ama 12 mí tugtha do chonarthaí in earnáil na meán Gaeilge; Rua Media (NÓS), Comhar Teo. agus Tuairisc.ie go deireadh 2019.

Ag fáiltiú roimh chinntí an bhoird, dúirt Príomhfheidhmeannach Fhoras na Gaeilge, Seán Ó Coinn, “Tá lúcháir orainn an tsuim mhór airgid a ceadaíodh inniu a fhógairt. Is é seo an sciar is mó a bheidh á cheadú as buiséad 2019. Tá na deontais a faomhadh inniu ag brath ar chinneadh na ranna urraíochta i leith maoiniú d’Fhoras na Gaeilge in 2019.”

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Tuilleadh eolais & grianghraif:

Anna Davitt, Clárbhainisteoir: Cumarsáid, Margaíocht & Feasacht, Foras na Gaeilge

Teil: 0035387 673 6175    

Ríomhphost: adavitt@forasnagaeilge.ie

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