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Foras na Gaeilge announces 2019 tour


Foras na Gaeilge announces 2019 tour

25 October 2018


Foras na Gaeilge is pleased to announce a series of information nights to promote funded schemes available from the north/south Irish language body in 2019. The first will take place at Aonach an Oireachtais at Oireachtas na Samhna in Killarney on 2 November.  At these nights Foras na Gaeilge will share information on the organisation’s work, its funding scheme and the supports available. The public will have an opportunity to give feedback on the use and promotion of Irish in their own area.

 Foras na Gaeilge Chief Executive, Seán Ó Coinn said, “We have recognised certain areas north and south where the number of applications to various funding schemes has been relatively low in recent years. To tackle this, visits were organised in February and November 2017 to speak with the public in these areas with the aim of raising awareness of the opportunities for funding and support available. These sessions were very beneficial as the participants shared valuable feedback with us which we have taken on board. We look forward to engaging with the public again with this third series of visits to present the 2019 funding schemes.“

Among the schemes to be discussed are the Youth Activities Scheme, the Summer Camps Scheme and writing schemes. Foras na Gaeilge will also provide funding in the business, arts, media and publishing sectors. Visit the Foras na Gaeilge website,, for a full list of the available schemes.

Foras na Gaeilge will present the following sessions in the coming weeks:







Killarney, Co. Kerry

Aonach an Oireachtais, Oireachtas na Samhna, Gleneagle Hotel, V93 V6WF



Kilkenny City

Springhill Court Hotel, R95 NX32



Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Burnavon Theatre, BT80 8DN



Portlaoise, Co. Laois

Maldron Hotel, R32 HKN3



Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

An Grianán Theatre, F92 RV1F



Sligo Town

Sligo Southern Hotel, F91 EW24



Galway City

Tionól Forbartha Gaeloideachas, Clayton Hotel, H91 D526



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About Foras na Gaeilge

Foras na Gaeilge was founded under the Good Friday Agreement and are responsible for the following:

  • promotion of the Irish language;
  • facilitating and encouraging its use in speech and writing in public and private life in the South and, in the context of Part III of the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages, in Northern Ireland where there is appropriate demand;
  • advising both administrations, public bodies and other groups in the private and voluntary sectors;
  • undertaking supportive projects, and grant-aiding bodies and groups as considered necessary;
  • undertaking research, promotional campaigns, and public and media relations;
  • developing terminology and dictionaries;
  • supporting Irish-medium education and the teaching of Irish.

Further information:

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

Tel: 0035387 673 6175    


Colm Ó hArgáin, Higher Executive Officer: Education, Foras na Gaeilge

Tel: 00353 1 639 8400


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Foras na Gaeilge celebrates Irish language officers in councils in the north

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Foras na Gaeilge celebrates Irish language officers in councils in the north


Foras na Gaeilge, the cross-border body with responsibility for the promotion of the Irish language, celebrated on Tuesday 9 October 2018 the four newly-appointed Irish language officers in three council areas in the north with part funding from Foras na Gaeilge under the Irish Language Officers Scheme at an event in Belfast City Hall. 

Belfast City Council have appointed their first ever Irish language officer in line with the council’s language strategy. Derry City and Strabane District Council have appointed their second Irish language officer and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council have appointed two Irish language officers through the current scheme.

There are nine Irish language officers currently in post in five councils across the north, four of which are funded by Foras na Gaeilge under this scheme.

Chief Executive of Belfast City Council, Suzanne Wylie, welcomed the new Irish language officers and guests to the event and emphasised the important role that the Irish language plays in the linguistic and cultural diversity of the city of Belfast. She also welcomed the developments Belfast City Council have made regarding languages, in particular the launch of the council’s language strategy 2018-2023, recognising the financial support received from Foras na Gaeilge.

Foras na Gaeilge Deputy Chief Executive, Edel Ní Chorráin acknowledged the historic importance of the event, in particular for Belfast City Council in appointing their first Irish language officer, “With the Irish language being discussed in the public arena perhaps more so than ever before in the north, new opportunities are emerging with a growing public interest in the Irish language and culture and with this come new opportunities.  With those opportunities of course come challenges but we welcome the steps taken by these councils in appointing Irish language officers.” 

Also speaking at the event was Dr David Mitchell, Assistant Professor in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation at Trinity College Dublin and co-author of Reconciliation through language learning? A case study of the Turas Irish language project in East Belfast who is based in Belfast. In his journal he emphasises the possibilities of the Irish language to be a unifying factor in Northern Ireland:

Since language learning is naturally accompanied by encounter with the history of the language, it can open a space for the discovery of shared historical experiences, or revision of narrow or destructive understandings of history.

At the same event Conradh na Gaeilge Advocacy Manager Ciarán Mac Giolla Bhéin, in conjunction with the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ), launched research on the Irish language in local councils, including Language Profiles 2018 which documents the community, educational and social provision in each of the 11 local councils. Speaking on the research, he said, “The Language Profiles, launched as an appendix to the research published by Conradh na Gaeilge today, shows some of the fantastic on-going work in relation to the Irish language across local councils. They also show, however, huge gaps in community support and provision across several councils. The research clearly shows that there are several councils that have failed to recognise or implement their duties relating to the Irish language, as detailed in both local and international law. We want to work with those councils going forward through drawing on the best-practice approach of other councils.”

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Deirdre Hargey, closed the event officially and reaffirmed her ongoing support for a Belfast for all with her focus being on rights for all citizens in the city, including women’s rights to healthcare, LGBT rights and rights for Irish speakers.


Note for the editor:

About the Irish Language Officers Scheme

Through the Irish Language Officers Scheme Foras na Gaeilge provides joint funding to local councils in the north to give them an opportunity to provide services through Irish and to support them in developing the promotion and use of Irish. Foras na Gaeilge is jointly funding Irish language officers’ posts in the following councils over the 3 year period of the current scheme:

  • Derry City and Strabane District Council: £44,774.50 as joint funding for an Irish language officer post.
  • Belfast City Council: £44,774.50 as joint funding for an Irish language officer post.
  • Fermanagh and Omagh District Council: £89,549 as joint funding for two Irish language officer posts.

Services provided through this scheme from 2006 include: an Irish language training programme for council workers, a programme of cultural events and activities, advice and support for council workers and for the public demanding services through Irish and internal translation services.

There are currently five council areas which now have Irish language officers in post since the inception of the scheme:

  • Belfast City Council
  • Derry City and Strabane District Council
  • Fermanagh and Omagh District Council
  • Newry, Mourne and Down District Council*
  • Mid Ulster Council

* The Irish language officers of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council were independent of the Foras na Gaeilge scheme.

Further information:

Caoimhe Ní Chathail, Foras na Gaeilge: │ 028 (048) 9089 0970


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£210,000 approved for East Belfast Mission Turas project

Foras na Gaeilge is delighted to announce that a grant to the value of £210,000 has been approved for East Belfast Mission to develop the Turas project over a 3 year period.

Turas was established in 2012 to promote the Irish language among the Protestant, unionist and loyalist community in the north and the project aims to raise awareness about the Irish language locally, at government level and at cross-border level. 

East Belfast Mission have prepared a comprehensive plan which mainly focuses on developing Irish language awareness as well creating opportunities for learning and practise for learners to develop the Irish language among the unionist community in east Belfast and throughout Northern Ireland. Turas currently provides 14 Irish language classes to 200 learners as well as heritage sessions and cultural events on a weekly basis.

Foras na Gaeilge Chief Executive Officer Seán Ó Coinn said, “This project is changing the landscape of the Irish language throughout the island, particularly in the north, and shows the people of the island that Irish is not connected to a political point of view or national identity  – rather that Irish belongs to this island and the people of the island.“

Turas Development Officer, Linda Ervine said, “We greatly appreciate the support of Foras na Gaeilge for Turas and we will be able to continue bringing the Irish language to new communities and potential learners as well as supporting our existing learners by providing opportunities for them to improve their language skills.”


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More information on Turas and East Belfast Mission is available here:

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

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Fógra scoir Chois Life agus na dúshláin in earnáil na foilsitheoireachta Gaeilge

Ráiteas ó Phríomhfheidhmeannach Fhoras na Gaeilge, Seán Ó Coinn maidir le fógra scoir Chois Life agus na dúshláin in earnáil na foilsitheoireachta Gaeilge:


Is oth le Foras na Gaeilge fógra scoir Chois Life, comhlacht foilsitheoireachta a bhfuil ard-mholadh tuillte acu as a bhfuil bainte amach acu ó bunaíodh iad in 1995. Fágfaidh siad bearna san earnáil lena n-imeacht, nach mbeidh furasta a líonadh, nó bhí sainchúram ar leith déanta acu de chur chuige ar leith agus de réimse ar leith foilsitheoireachta. Ar ndóigh chuir saineolas agus taithí na stiúrthóirí go mór leis an chur chuige sin agus leis na tacaíocht a chuir siad ar fáil dá n-údair.

Aithníonn Foras na Gaeilge go bhfuil earnáil na foilsitheoireachta Gaeilge an-leochaileach, mar atá earnáil na foilsitheoireachta i gcoitinne in Éirinn. Tá dúshláin go leor le sárú ag na foilsitheoirí Gaeilge, ar comhlachtaí beaga teaghlaigh a mbunús, agus gan ach duine nó beirt ag plé leo. Aithnímid fosta go bhfuil earnáil na leabhar an-iomaíoch faoi láthair go hidirnáisiúnta, agus go bhfuil deacrachtaí móra ann in earnáil na Gaeilge maidir le pobal léitheoireachta, siopaí leabhar, scríbhneoirí úra, foilsitheoireacht agus eagarthóireacht, gan trácht ach ar chuid de na dúshláin. Tá ciorruithe móra déanta ó thús na géarchéime eacnamaíochta ar mhaoiniú an stáit do Chlár na Leabhar Gaeilge, atá gearrtha ó €1.8m in 2008 go €1.06 in 2017, laghdú de os cionn €700,000. Níl aon amhras orainn go bhfuil seo ag dul i bhfeidhm ar earnáil na foilsitheoireachta Gaeilge ar bhealach diúltach. Ach tá sé tábhachtach a aithint go bhfuil gníomhartha níos leithne de dhíth agus nach réiteoidh maoiniú breise amháin na dúshláin in earnáil na foilsitheoireachta. Tá súil ag Foras na Gaeilge cruinniú a shocrú le stiúrthóirí Chois Life agus le Cumann na bhFoilsitheoirí leis na dúshláin seo a chíoradh.

Cé go bhfuil feabhas i ndiaidh teacht ar chúrsaí margaíochta agus dáileacháin leabhar le blianta beaga anuas, tá an timpeallacht tráchtála do dhíol leabhar an-dúshlánach in earnáil na Gaeilge agus in earnáil an Bhéarla. Agus is cinnte go dtagann méadú suntasach ar chúrsaí riaracháin de réir mar a mhéadaítear ar líon na n-údar, líon na leabhar agus láimhseáil cúlstoic.

Tá Foras na Gaeilge i ndiaidh roinnt tionscnamh a bhunú le blianta beaga anuas le haghaidh a thabhairt ar na dúshláin i gcomhar leis na foilsitheoirí, agus le haghaidh a thabhairt ar cheist na léitheoireachta i measc phobal na Gaeilge. Ach aithnímid fosta go bhfuilimid ag plé le ceist atá an-chasta mar atá ceist nósmhaireachtaí léitheoireachta i measc lucht mionteanga ar fud an domhain, agus go bhfuil réimse beart de dhíth le haghaidh a thabhairt ar cheist na léitheoireachta i measc idir óg agus aosta i bpobal na Gaeilge.

Agus muid ag aithint go bhféadfadh athruithe suntasacha tarlú in earnáil na foilsitheoireachta Gaeilge sna 10 mbliana atá romhainn, beidh Foras na Gaeilge ag iarraidh an cheist seo a phlé go mion le Cumann na bhFoilsitheoirí,  leis an Rialtas ó dheas, agus le páirtithe leasmhara eile thuaidh agus theas idir seo agus deireadh na bliana, ach aithnímid nach bhfuil aon ghníomh suntasach amháin is féidir a dhéanamh leis an cheist chasta seo a réiteach.

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Foras na Gaeilge welcomes the 2018-2022 Action Plan for the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030

Foras na Gaeilge welcomes the 2018-2022 Action Plan for the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030 launched by Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for Irish, the Gaeltacht and Islands Joe McHugh TD today in Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair. In partnership with other stakeholders, Foras na Gaeilge will have a role in implementing the five year plan which sets out main goals for nine areas for action including education and dictionaries.

Speaking at the launch event the today, Foras na Gaeilge Chief Executive Seán Ó Coinn said, “Momentum was lost in the early years due to the economic crisis, causing the public to become disillusioned with the progress of the strategy.  But it is worth recognising that there has been a significant change in recent years and it is clear that the government now intends to increase their efforts to tackle the challenge of developing Irish in the Gaeltacht and in the rest of the country. Foras na Gaeilge strongly supports the partnership approach recommended between government departments and organisations, and we ask the public, both the Irish language community and those who are not fluent, to continue to be involved. Although government departments and state and public organisations are responsible for achieving the goals, we will heavily rely on the public’s co-ownership of the strategy.”

Foras na Gaeilge commends this effort by the government to compensate for the poor start in those early years by tackling the challenges of the 20 Year Strategy for Irish 2010-2030 with the five year implementation plan. Speaking after the launch of the action plan, Foras na Gaeilge Chairperson Pól Ó Gallchóir said, “We are proud of the part Foras na Gaeilge will play in this work, in partnership with our colleagues in Údarás na Gaeltachta, in the Irish language lead organisations, and especially in the other government departments. With the commitment shown by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, the Department of Education and Skills and state bodies, there is no doubt that significant progress can be made in the period from now until five years.”

Foras na Gaeilge congratulates An Taoiseach and the Minister of State for their commitment to the Irish language and for showing leadership to their government colleagues, not only in terms of their continuing efforts to use Irish, but also their support for it.


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

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Grants worth half a million approved by Foras na Gaeilge for innovative youth, community and GAA projects

22 June 2018


At a Foras na Gaeilge board meeting today grants worth €522,077/£469,870 were approved in the areas of youth, education and community.

A total of €334,855 was approved for the Youth Events Scheme 2018/19 which provides opportunities for use to young people to encourage them to use the Irish language in an enjoyable way. The grants will enable groups to organise at least 12 sessions during the school year for young people between 3 and 18 years old outside of school. Grants (maximum value of €4,063/£3,337) will be awarded to 85 grantees in 25 counties north and south under this scheme.

A grant worth £73,000 was approved for Cúram Leanaí Bheann Mhadagáin child care, which has been a foundation stone for Irish medium education in Ardoyne in north Belfast since 2016, an area where 23% of the population have Irish according to the 2011 census. The grant will be provided through the Investment Fund for the Establishment of Preschool and Child Care Provision 2018 to support the development of Irish medium education and employment through Irish by providing high quality day care.

Part funding of £75,000 was approved for the Ulster Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association, which aims to put an action plan in place for Irish between 2018 and 2020. The grant will enable Ulster GAA to focus on different target groups to strengthen the use of Irish among them through training, new facilities and opportunities for use in the clubs.

As part of the Colmcille Grants Scheme, a grant worth £10,000 was approved for the Carntogher Community Association to run Iomáin Cholmcille 2018. Iomáin Cholmcille is the largest Irish language and Scottish Gaelic project taking place on an annual basis with a grant from Colmcille. The festival and competition celebrate hurling traditions in Ireland and Scotland with men, women and young people from both countries taking part. £10,500 was approved for Club Óige Lúraigh youth club to attend Fèis Eilean an Fhraoich in Lewis during the summer. The grant will give 25 young people and youth workers from Co. Derry the opportunity visit the Isle of Lewis, a trip which will greatly increase their awareness of Scottish Gaelic and strengthen the bond between them and their peers in Scotland.

Foras na Gaeilge Chief Executive Seán Ó Coinn said, “For some years Foras na Gaeilge has been developing our partnership with the Gaelic Athletic Association, and I am happy that this has resulted in a new initiative with the Ulster Council which will greatly increase the use of Irish among those involved in the GAA. We are very excited about the child care project in Belfast which will greatly increase the use of Irish at community level.  This is the first time that we have invested in a child care initiative of its kind. The pioneering work being undertaken by all the voluntary groups for whom grants have been approved today demonstrates the possibilities for the development of the Irish language among all age groups.  We wish all grantees every success with these inspirational projects.”


Note to the editor:

Foras na Gaeilge funding schemes

All information on the funding schemes below now open is available at

  • The Publishing Scheme 2019
  • The Literary Projects Scheme 2019
  • The Colmcille Grants Scheme 2018
  • The Colmcille Small Grants Scheme
  • The Business Support Scheme 2018


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€500,000 worth of grants approved by Foras na Gaeilge

Foras Gaeilge is delighted to announce that there will be 86 summer camps running throughout the island during the summer. The Summer Camps Scheme 2018, which was announced earlier this year, will give the opportunity to young people between 3 and 18 years of age to attend sports, drama, dancing, music and filming activities as well as trips. Grants worth €174,712, each a maximum of €2,500 or £1,750, have been approved for 86 different camps this year.


Foras na Gaeilge Chief Executive, Seán Ó Coinn, said, “During Bliain na Gaeilge 2018 it is a source of hope for me that the number of camps to be funded by Foras na Gaeilge has increased by 20% since 2016 and we hope that this trend will continue in the future. The Summer Camps Scheme shows the continuous demand for opportunities for young people to use Irish outside of school. I have no doubt that the camps will have a positive influence on the use of Irish in different areas from west Belfast to Cork City, and that their experience will stand to the 3,883 children who will be attending the camps this year.”


€116,379 worth of grants have been approved for 46 festivals which will be run in 2018 through the Festivals Scheme. 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 arts and they have a great influence on the Irish language community and on the wider community in general.


€208,896 in total was approved for 18 drama companies, including amateur, professional and newly established companies, which aim to foster, develop and provide Irish language theatre to the arts sector, the Irish language community, the general public and the education sector.


Foras na Gaeilge Chief Executive, Seán Ó Coinn, said, “The 46 festivals and 18 drama companies which funding has been approved for will have a significant impact. These festivals are important not only for Irish speakers in the community, but for providing a platform for performers to present their art. As well as that, it is important to recognise that audience communities must be developed for Irish language theatre, which will be an aim for the drama companies for which grants were approved.”



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

Tel: 0035387 673 6175     email:

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Launch of New English-Irish Dictionary App



3 May 2018

Launch of Léann Teanga: An Reiviú (Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge)

Launch of the Mac Donncha Scholarship

Launch of the New English-Irish Dictionary App

Presentation of the Seal of Accreditation for Translators


At an event in the Aula Maxima, The Square, University of Ireland, Galway today the sixth edition of the peer reviewed journal Léann Teanga: An Reiviú was launched. An Reiviú is published as part of the MA course in Language Studies with Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, University of Ireland, Galway.  The journal deals with the following various areas of language: translation, sociolinguistics, linguistics, language teaching, language planning and communication.  This is an annual publication, sponsored by Foras na Gaeilge, which provides a platform for language discourse in Ireland and abroad.  Renowned writer, Ré Ó Laighléis officially launched the journal.

The Mac Donncha Scholarship was launched in memory of Joe Mac Donncha (1953-2016), a graduate of the university and a former chief executive and former chairperson of Foras na Gaeilge, who gave sterling service to the Irish language community. The scholarship was set up with funding from Foras na Gaeilge in 2017. Two scholarships will be awarded this year worth €6,015 each.

Foras na Gaeilge Chairperson, Pól Ó Gallchóir, launched the new English-Irish Dictionary app which is being made available free of charge as part of Bliain na Gaeilge 2018. There are nearly 50,000 entries, 140,000 meanings and 3.5 million English and Irish words in the dictionary now – which is more than most of the major bilingual dictionaries available internationally. All this material, as well as grammar files and sound files, are available in the app.

Foras na Gaeilge Chairperson, Pól Ó Gallchóir, said, “It is very important that our dictionaries are available on the most modern media and platforms. 1.7 million users per year are visiting the site from everywhere in the world, and we hope that there will be a large demand for the app now it is available free. With this version Foras na Gaeilge wants the new dictionary to be in the pocket of every school pupil and every university student.”

Certificates were presented to some of the 15 accredited English-Irish translators who succeeded in the Seal of Accreditation for Translators examination in 2017. The Seal of Accreditation for Translators is a strong accreditation system, which includes the complexity of the different dialects, modern and technical jargon, and official prose and communication. The highest standards are therefore ensured in the translation industry and the reputation of able translators is protected, and this accreditation system has a central role in the continuous development of the language. The Translation and Interpretation Unit in the University of Ireland, Galway, ran the latest examination for the Accreditation Seal on behalf of Foras na Gaeilge.




Note for the editor:


The Accreditation Seal for Translators

15 accredited English-Irish translators succeeded in the Seal of Accreditation for Translators examination in 2017:


  1. Síle Dolan, Co. Offaly
  2. Colm Mac Fhionnghaile, Dublin
  3. Cáit Ní Bhriain, Limerick
  4. Máire Ní Chonghaile, Co. Meath
  5. Sionainn Ní Ghréacháin, Limerick
  6. Isadora Ní Loingsigh, Co. Galway
  7. Jennifer Ní Mhaoileoin, Dublin
  8. Clár Ní Sheachnasaigh, Galway
  9. Pádraig Ó Ceallacháin, Co. Limerick
  10. Maitiú Ó Coimín, Co. Galway
  11. Pádraig Ó Cuinneagáin, Co. Cavan
  12. Darán Ó Dochartaigh, Co. Antrim
  13. Justin Ó Gliasáin, Dublin
  14. Eoin P. Ó Murchú, Dublin
  15. Elizabeth Warren, Co. Galway 

There are 209 translators accredited under the system to date and there is a comprehensive list of accredited translators available at


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Seoladh Léann Teanga: An Reiviú


Seolfar an séú heagrán den iris phiarmheasúnaithe Léann Teanga: An Reiviú ag 5:00 p.m Déardaoin, an 3 Bealtaine 2018 san Aula Maxima, An Chearnóg, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh.  Foilsítear An Reiviú mar chuid den chúrsa MA sa Léann Teanga le hAcadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh.  Baineann an iris leis na réimsí éagsúla teanga seo: an t- aistriúchán, an tsochtheangeolaíocht, an teangeolaíocht, teagasc teangacha, pleanáil teanga agus cúrsaí cumarsáide.  Is foilseachán bliantúil é seo, atá urraithe ag Foras na Gaeilge, a thugann ardán don dioscúrsa teanga in Éirinn agus thar lear.  An scríbhneoir cáiliúil Ré Ó Laighléis a sheolfaidh an iris go hoifigiúil i mbliana.

Seolfaidh Pól Ó Gallchóir, Cathaoirleach Fhoras na Gaeilge, Scoláireacht Mhic Dhonncha i gcuimhne ar Joe Mac Donncha (1953-2016) ag an ócáid chéanna. Thug Joe Mac Donncha sársheirbhís do phobal na Gaeilge mar Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael (1997-2000), Cathaoirleach TG4 (2000-2004), Príomhfheidhmeannach Fhoras na Gaeilge (2002-2006), Príomhoifigeach Feidhmiúcháin Choiste Gairmoideachais Chontae na Gaillimhe (2006-2013), Príomhfheidhmeannach Bhord Oideachais agus Oiliúna Mhaigh Eo, Shligigh agus Liatroma (2013-5), comhalta boird, Foras na Gaeilge (2011-2015) agus mar Chathaoirleach Fhoras na Gaeilge (2015-6).  In ómós dá shaothar leis an nGaeilge agus le Foras na Gaeilge, tá an Foras trasteorann ag cur maoiniú ar fáil le haghaidh dhá scoláireacht d’iarchéimithe Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh ar luach €12,000 (€6,000 an ceann).

Mar chuid den ócáid chéanna, bronnfaidh Cathaoirleach Fhoras na Gaeilge an Séala Creidiúnaithe d’Aistritheoirí ar na hiarrthóirí ar éirigh leo é a bhaint amach i scrúdú 2017, agus  seolfaidh sé an leagan saor in aisce  d’Aip an Fhoclóra Nua Béarla-Gaeilge chomh maith.

Beidh sólaistí ar fáil agus cuirfear fáilte roimh chách ag an ócáid seo.

Tuilleadh eolais ar fáil  ó  Áine Charlton (086-3163661) / Clíona Uí Dhálaigh (087-6223016) ag,

  ó  Anna Davitt, Clárbhainisteoir: Cumarsáid, Margaíocht agus Feasacht, Foras na Gaeilge ag

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Ceithleann Ní Chonluain wins gradireland National Student Challenge 2018

A final year Politics, Philosophy, Economics and Sociology (PPES) student in Trinity College, Ceithleann Ní Chonluain, has won the gradireland National Student Challenge 2018.

The gradireland 2018 National Student Challenge, sponsored by Lidl, puts teams through their paces through different challenges testing their teamwork, technical, communication and problem solving skills. The students compete in teams, yet were judged individually by assessors from each of the companies involved. All the challenges are designed to test the candidates for the skills that employers are looking for.

“When I was announced as winner, it wasn’t just surprise, it was total shock,” says Ceithleann, on the announcement  that she emerged victorious from a field of over 50 of Ireland’s best and brightest students. The competitors for the final day, held at Chartered Accountants House on Dublin’s Pearse Street, were drawn from those ranked highest in the online National Student Challenge. As the overall winner, Ceithleann took away the gradireland National Student Challenge trophy and a cheque for €1,000.

Hailing from Monkstown in County Dublin, Ceithleann attended Alexandra College before taking up her studies in Trinity College, Dublin. She was raised in a bilingual household, fluent in both Irish and English, and went on to expand on her range of languages by studying French at second level and completing an Erasmus year in Germany. “Being from a bilingual household and growing up speaking Irish meant that I was comfortable in a multilungual setting. I probably could have come back with more German, but Erasmus is something I would wholeheartedly recommend.” she adds.

In terms of what it means for her CV, Ceithleann is very proud to be able to add ‘Winner of National Student Challenge’ to her credentials. “It’s a huge boost for my confidence and obviously for my CV, as it’s sure to be a conversation starter with future employers. As for my career, I’m very much drawn to the political element of my course so I’ll definitely be seeking opportunities in the area of policy, research or lobbying.”

Congratulating Ceithleann on her achievement, Foras na Gaeilge CEO Seán Ó Coinn said “Ceithleann is an excellent ambassador for any student considering the value of maintaining or learning an additional language. Having a second language adds another set of skills to a CV but a third or fourth language can open up an entire new world of opportunities through spending an Erasmus year in another country or, as we have seen with many Irish speakers, working with languages in the EU. I am thrilled that Ceithleann, a fluent Irish speaker, has won the gradireland National Student Challenge in what is Bliain na Gaeilge 2018 and have no doubt that her language skills will continue to benefit her in her future career”.


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Fluency in Irish enables graduates to develop interesting careers, not only in more traditional sectors such as teaching, translation and media, but also in the arts and cultural sector, in public sector organisations, and in professions such as healthcare, ICT and marketing.  

Visit the gradireland website to hear about how bilingualism benefited Irish speakers such Breda Ní Mhaoláin, Translator and Interpreter and Micheál Ó Ciaraidh, TG4 presenter:

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