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11Oct
2017
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Arts Fair run by An tOireachtas in County Derry

On Thursday 12 October the Irish language community and the arts community will come together in An Carn, Carntogher, in County Derry to discuss opportunities to promote the arts through Irish in the north. Oireachtas na Gaeilge is running this event in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Arts Council and Foras na Gaeilge, and as Majella Ní Chríocháin, the Oireachtas na Gaeilge Activities Officer, explained:

‘This arose from a discussion between ourselves, the Arts Council and Foras na Gaeilge about how best to develop Irish language arts in the north. We agreed that an opportunity should be given to Irish language organisations and to Irish language officers, and to arts organisations which are not Irish language organisations, to come together and to present them with examples of high standard Irish language projects. The visual artist Nuala Ní Fhlathúin will speak about a community arts project in which she dealt with the importance of Irish for a small rural community. The choreographer Ríonach Ní Néill will show her short film I Modh Rúin– Incognito about women in the 60s, 70s and 80s who raised their children with Irish, and about how her arts work is connected to the promotion of Irish. The title of the presentation which the poet and musician Marcus Mac Conghail will make is Buail Aríst Mé – Dé hÍde agus an Dúitseach.

As for giving a stage to Irish language arts, Aisling Ní Labhraí from the Cultúrlann in Belfast will speak on the role of the venues; Rossa Ó Snodaigh (KÍLA, and founder of the Irish Language Tent at the Electric Picnic) will give an account of the opportunities for including Irish language activities in the programme of arts festivals; and the singer and musician Dermott Mulholland will discuss the difficulties of developing an audience for the arts in rural areas.’

Edel Ní Chorráin, Deputy Chief Executive of Foras na Gaeilge, said of the event:

‘This day, organised by Oireachtas na Gaeilge, is a great opportunity to promote two aspects of Irish culture, the Irish language and the arts. We are very happy to be involved in the first event of its kind in the north and we hope that there will be further opportunities in the future for more projects with the Arts Council and Foras na Gaeilge working together.’

All the presentations will be made in Irish and there will be a simultaneous translation system available for those not fluent in Irish. The Fair will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. and tickets can be reserved free of charge at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/aonach-na-nealaion-arts-fair-tickets-37843393609?aff=es2. A free lunch will be provided as well and people will have an opportunity to share information about their own organisations at lunch time.

Nothing like this has ever been organised before and An tOireachtas, the Arts Council and Foras na Gaeilge hope that people will take part in the fair and that it will give rise to other arts projects.

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Majella Ní Chríocháin Events & Attendance Development Officer

+353 (0)87 977 6852 | majella@antoireachtas.ie | www.antoireachtas.ie

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28Sep
2017
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Three year funding opportunity (2018-2020) for Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich and Gaeláras Uí Chanáin

Foras na Gaeilge ran a consultation process between April and June 2017 to seek views on the best way to provide funding for Irish language centres throughout the island. The process aimed to review how Foras na Gaeilge caters for Irish language centres, with the intention of catering for the Irish language community in a more strategic and wider way north and south. Although Foras na Gaeilge does not currently have any public scheme to cater for Irish language centres, an annual grant is provided to Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich in Belfast and Gaeláras Uí Chanáin in Derry.

Views were sought during the process on four choices which would provide funding to Irish language centres in different ways. Based on the responses received, Foras na Gaeilge has made a decision to provide a 3 year funding opportunity to Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich and Gaeláras Uí Chanáin from January 2018 onwards. Any funding will be approved through a process of grant application and evaluation from the two centres. 

Foras na Gaeilge Chief Executive, Sean Ó Coinn said, “A strong message came back to us supporting the current resourcing provided to Irish language centres and Foras na Gaeilge has listened to the consultation feedback. Foras na Gaeilge recognises the central role the two cultural centres have within their communities and that they are pioneering key projects which have wider symbolic importance for Irish language communities throughout the island. But as well as that, we recognise the continuing need to introduce a particular scheme to provide support for the scores of other Irish language centres throughout the island and unfortunately it was not within out power to establish such a scheme under our current allowance. Irish language centres have a function and an importance in the re-establishment of Irish as a recognised community language and are a corner stone of the 20 Year Strategy for Irish 2010-2030. There is an urgent need for more provision to implement a suitable scheme with the appropriate resources. We will be making a case with our sponsoring departments to seek extra resources to that end.”

A full report and analysis of the submissions received on the consultation process will be available at https://www.forasnagaeilge.ie/nuacht/comhairliuchan shortly.

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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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28Sep
2017
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A new era as Foras na Gaeilge moves to a new head office on Amiens Street

Foras na Gaeilge will be moving to a new head office in Dublin on 29 September.

Foras na Gaeilge Chief Executive, Seán Ó Coinn, said, “Foras na Gaeilge has had a long association with this Georgian house on Merrion Square, and some of the staff have been based here since the foundation of Foras na Gaeilge in 1999, and even further back as members of staff of Bord na Gaeilge which moved here in 1981. And of course the Irish language community have been using the offices since then, which means we are leaving a long history behind us. But we have found a new high quality head office which fits our needs, which are continually increasing as Foras na Gaeilge grows. An ambitious target was set for this relocation and the staff have done outstanding work to reach it. I am happy that all the Dublin staff will be based in one location and that we will have adequate space and resources for members of staff from the other Foras na Gaeilge offices coming to visit. I also hope, as was the case with 7 Merrion Square, that the Irish language community will see that the new building on Amiens Street belongs to them and that a new era in the history of the language will begin in the capital with this relocation. The Irish language is expanding at present north and south, and now Foras na Gaeilge will have a permanent home to support the promotion of Irish throughout the island. It is timely that we will be unveiling the new head office to the public at the start of the new year, Bliain na Gaeilge 2018.”

Foras na Gaeilge Communications, Marketing & Awareness Programme Manager, Anna Davitt said, “The Dublin staff aim to be moved in to the new office on Monday 2 October. The Foras na Gaeilge phone number will not change and we will still be available at (01) 639 8400, but all postal correspondence for the Dublin office will be sent to 63-66 Amiens Street, Dublin 1 from now on. We would appreciate the public’s patience as we settle into the new head office in the coming weeks.”

The Dublin office will be temporarily closed on 29 September to facilitate the relocation and Foras na Gaeilge will be operating from the new offices in 63-66 Amiens Street, Dublin 1, from Monday 2 October. If you have an urgent question for the Dublin office during the relocation, you can contact the Belfast office at 028 (048) 90890970 and your message will be passed on.

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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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11Sep
2017
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Edel Ní Chorráin starts as Foras na Gaeilge Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Education Services

Edel Ní Chorráin has taken up her duties as Foras na Gaeilge Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Education Services in the Belfast office.

Foras na Gaeilge Chief Executive Foras na Gaeilge, Seán Ó Coinn, congratulated Edel on her appointment in June 2017, saying that she would have “responsibility for education across the entire country at a crucial time in education as regards the Irish language”. She brings a wide range of skills and experience with her to this vitally important post in Foras na Gaeilge, of which one of the key functions is to support Irish medium education and the teaching of Irish. 

Edel has years of experience in education, in teacher training and especially in designing Irish language teaching aids for the classroom. Projects Edel has developed as Education Manager for Irish medium education, Post-primary, with the CCEA include an online dictionary called Ríomhfhoclóir Matamaitice (Mathematics Electronic Dictionary), which gives definitions of mathematics terminology. She will be focusing specifically on these areas in her new role as regards making developments in initial teacher training as well as a series of all-island seminars which will give strategic direction to organisations which design Irish language learning aids.  As Deputy Chief Executive and a member of the senior management team she will have a central role in planning, organising and managing Foras na Gaeilge business.

Speaking about her priorities in this new role Edel said, “now that there is particular attention being paid to Irish in the north Foras na Gaeilge’s legislative role in advising the governments will be important, with a particular emphasis on the leadership role of Foras na Gaeilge. As well as that it will be a priority for me to raise awareness of the advantages of bilingualism, especially the benefits of studying other subjects such as Mathematics through the medium of Irish. I was educated through English and I understand the importance of promoting Irish in schools in which English is the teaching language as well. Therefore I aim to raise awareness of the benefit of Irish for young people through the Gaelbhratach project, and to increase the number of pupils choosing Irish as a GCSE subject and for A level.”

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Note to the Editor

Biographical note: Edel Ní Chorráin

Edel Ní Chorráin was raised in Garrison in Co. Fermanagh. She is a graduate of the University of Ireland, Galway (BA in Irish and Mathematics). She attended Queen’s University Belfast, where she gained a Post Graduate Degree in Education and an M.Sc. in Educational Multimedia. Edel has spent periods teaching in Coláiste Feirste in Belfast, in Coláiste Chineál Eoghain in County Donegal and as an Assistant Editor with Foras na Gaeilge.  She spent 10 years working as leader, teacher and then principal in the Magheroarty Irish College. She was appointed as Education Manager for Irish Medium Education, Post-primary, with CCEA in 2012 and during that time she was responsible for providing resources to the post-primary Irish medium sector in the north, including online resources.

Further Information:

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

Tel: 0035387 673 6175    

Email: adavitt@forasnagaeilge.ie

 

 

 

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28Jul
2017
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Investment in Irish-medium pre-schools in Northern Ireland announced

Foras na Gaeilge has announced a total investment of £93,000 to develop two Irish-medium pre-schools in Northern Ireland.

Naíscoil na Caille, in Armagh City, will receive a grant to the value of £73,000 to support its launch in September 2017 and a further £20,000 will be invested in Naíscoil na Fíobha in Toome, County Antrim, which also open this September.

These pre-schools will undoubtedly add to the ever expanding Irish-medium education sector in Northern Ireland, in which more than 5,000 children are being educated daily through the medium of Irish, and will provide employment opportunities within the Irish language sector.

Seán Ó Coinn, Chief Executive of Foras na Gaeilge, has expressed his delight at the announcement; “The research reflects that children at a young age benefit greatly from being exposed to a second language. Therefore, it is imperative that pre-school provision is available for parents who have an interest in giving their child the benefits of bilingualism. Foras na Gaeilge is proud to support these innovative projects which will become a lasting legacy for Irish-medium education within communities.  The importance of high standard early years provision cannot be stressed enough and Foras na Gaeilge looks forward to working with the committees, parents and all staff involved to ensure the highest standards of provision in conjunction with Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta (the representative body for Irish-medium education).”

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Notes for the Editor:

About Foras na Gaeilge

Foras na Gaeilge, the body responsible for the promotion of the Irish language throughout the whole island of Ireland. Visit www.forasnagaeilge.ie for further information.

About the Investment Fund for Establishing Pre-School and Childcare Provision

The Investment Fund for Establishing Pre-School and Childcare Provision was established in 2012 and aims to have a long term impact by supporting the development of Irish-medium education in local communities. To date, Foras na Gaeilge has provided funding to Naíscoil Cholmcille in Galliagh, County Derry, Naíscoil Ghleann an Iolair in South Derry, Tannaghmore Pre-school in south County Antrim and Naíscoil an Chéide in County Armagh through this fund.

Naíscoil na Fíobha is funded by Foras na Gaeilge through the Support for Irish-Medium Education 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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29Jun
2017
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2017 summer camps in full swing

Foras Gaeilge is delighted to announce that there will be more than 80 summer camps running throughout the island from now until the end of the summer. The Summer Camps Scheme 2017, which was announced earlier this year, will give young people between 3 and 18 years of age the opportunity to attend sports, drama, dancing, music and filming activities as well as trips. Grants to the value of €168,346, a maximum of €2,500 or £1,750 each, have been approved for 82 camps this year.

These camps will give a unique and fun experience to children to speak Irish in an enjoyable environment in their own area. There will be some new camps running for the first time this year which will run events through the medium of Irish in completely new areas of interest, including beekeeping and interaction with farm animals and country life.

Foras na Gaeilge CEO, Seán Ó Coinn, said, “This time last year we were announcing our regret that Foras na Gaeilge could not cater for the demand for summer camps. Although the number of camps qualifying under the scheme increased in 2016, we did not have an adequate budget to support them all and we had to refuse 23 of those requests. Therefore I am very happy that this is not the case this year and that grants have been approved for the 82 camps that qualified for the scheme. I have no doubt that the camps will have a positive impact on the use of Irish in different areas from west Belfast to Cork City, and that their experience will stand to the 3,500 children who will be attending the camps this year.”

To find a summer camp in your area visit www.peig.ie, the information hub for the Irish language, and search summer camps on the interactive map or in the activities directory.

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Visits from the media to 2017 summer camps

  • Foras na Gaeilge will be facilitating visits from the media to the summer camps and there is a full list available for each county. Contact details are available below.

PEIG.ie

  • peig.ie is the only website which promotes Irish language activities around the country and the world. You can register your own events on the site or search events in your own area. The site is maintained by Conradh na Gaeilge.

 

Further Information:

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

Tel: 0035387 673 6175    

Email: adavitt@forasnagaeilge.ie

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23Jun
2017
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€500,000 worth of grants approved & Edel Ní Chorráin appointed as Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Education Services

At a meeting of Foras na Gaeilge on the 23 June 2017 more than €500,000 of grants were approved in the areas of youth, writing and publishing.

Grants worth €345,401 were approved for the Youth Events Scheme 2017/18 which gives opportunities for use to young people which encourages them to use the Irish language in an enjoyable way. The grants will enable the grantees to organise at least 12 sessions during the school year focusing on young people between 3 years and 18 years old outside of school. Foras na Gaeilge is delighted that grants will be awarded to 86 grantees, more than twice the number of grantees who received funding in 2016 under the same scheme. It is estimated that more than 4,000 children will take part in the activities. Speaking of the decisions approved at the June meeting, Foras na Gaeilge Chairperson, Pól Ó Gallchóir, said that “it is a source of satisfaction for himself and for Foras na Gaeilge to be able to increase the grants approved in this area”.

In the area of publishing €131,430 worth of commissions were approved for the 2017 Commissions Scheme to support those involved in Irish language literature in catering for the demand in various areas of reading. As well as that, €32,500 will be awarded to potential new writers and mentors under the Mentoring Scheme 2017. This scheme gives writers at the start of their writing career the opportunity to get advice about their writing and the craft of writing in general from recognised writers.

The Foras na Gaeilge board welcomed the announcement that Edel Ní Chorráin has been appointed as Deputy Chief Executive / Director of Education Services of Foras na Gaeilge. Speaking today the Chief Executive of Foras na Gaeilge, Seán Ó Coinn, said, “I would like to congratulate Edel on her appointment and the staff and I are keenly looking forward to working with her in her new role. This is a vital post and although Edel will be based in the Foras na Gaeilge office, she will have education responsibilities for the whole country during a critical time in education with regard to the Irish language. Edel will bring a range of skills and experience with her to the post from the time she has spent as a teacher and an administrator in education.”

Edel will take up her duties as Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Education Services of Foras na Gaeilge in the Belfast office in mid-August.

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Note to the Editor

  1. Biographical note: Edel Ní Chorráin

Edel Ní Chorráin grew up in Garrison in County Fermanagh. She is a graduate of the University of Ireland, Galway (BA in Irish and Mathematics). She attended Queen’s University Belfast, where she gained a Post Graduate Degree in Education and a M.Sc. in Education Multimedia. Edel has spent periods teaching in Coláiste Feirste in Belfast, in Coláiste Chineál Eoghain in County Donegal and as an Assistant Editor with Foras na Gaeilge. She was appointed as Education Manager for Irish-medium Education, Post-primary, with the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in 2012 and during that period she was responsible for providing resources to the Irish-medium post-primary sector in the north, including online resources.

  1. Foras na Gaeilge funding schemes

The Colmcille Small Grants Scheme, The Literature Projects Scheme 2018 and The Publishing Scheme 2018 have been announced by Foras na Gaeilge and all information is available here.

More funding schemes will be announced in the autumn of 2017.

 

Further Information:

 

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

Tel: 0035387 673 6175    

Email: adavitt@forasnagaeilge.ie

 

 

 

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21Apr
2017
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Consultation Process: Review of Funding for Irish Language Centres

Foras na Gaeilge is conducting a consultation process and invites views on the best way to support Irish language centres throughout the island of Ireland. The period of consultation will continue until June 22nd, 2017.

Foras na Gaeilge invites comments from the public, regarding its aim of broader and more strategic provision for emerging Irish language centres north and south of the border. Although Foras na Gaeilge has no scheme at present to provide for Irish language centres, an annual grant is provided to Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich in Belfast City and Gaeláras Uí Chanáin in Derry City. To year end 2016, Foras na Gaeilge has provided investment funding of over €6,143,500 or £4,490,395 for the two major Irish language centres over the years. Foras na Gaeilge is currently providing the two Irish language centres with annual funding of £223,000.

Speaking today at the announcement of the process, Seán Ó Coinn, Chief Executive Officer of Foras na Gaeilge, said: “Research has shown us that if people who speak a minority language have a ‘safe space’, it contributes hugely to Irish language use in the community.  The 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030 recognises the importance of fostering a particular environment for the Irish speaking community and the role of the Irish language centre as an institute to provide that ‘safe space’ to Irish speakers in various areas. The social network is a vital component of language planning principles, Irish language centres have a key role in encouraging opportunities for the Irish language community to use the language outside of their social environment, and we would like to hear the public’s views on the best way to do that.”

Foras na Gaeilge invites views from the public about the four different choices set out in the consultation document. Views are particularly sought from currently funded groups, grantees under various Foras na Gaeilge schemes and the six lead organisations about the different choices as well as the development of a new scheme for Irish language centres, through written submissions and continuous engagement.

Details and consultation documentation pertaining to the process are available at this link. The results of the process and a summary of the responses will be published on the Foras na Gaeilge website, www.forasnagaeilge.ie, in the autumn of 2017.

 

For more information:

Response Coordinator

Foras na Gaeilge

2-4 Queen Street

Belfast, BT1 6ED

Tel: 0044 2890 890970

Email: ionaid@forasnagaeilge.ie

 

Response Coordinator

Foras na Gaeilge

7 Merrion Square

Dublin 2.

Tel: +353 1 639 8400

Email: ionaid@forasnagaeilge.ie

 

Media Queries to:

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

Tel: 0035387 673 6175    

Email: adavitt@forasnagaeilge.ie

 

 

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11Apr
2017
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Diarmuid de Faoite selected to go to Macedonia during the summer

Foras na Gaeilge is delighted to announce that they have selected Diarmuid de Faoite to spend time in Macedonia as part of the Other Words project  this summer.  Diarmuid  will be based in Bitola , and he will focus on his own writing, keeping a blog and participating in events connected with minority languages, especially Macedonian, while he is there.

Diarmuid is an actor, writer and dramatherapist and is also a drama teacher at all education levels and in the professional sector as well. His written plays include Pádraic Ó Conaire, Paris Texas (Diarmuid’s staged version of the film) and Foxy Jack – Giolla Éireann (in conjunction with Seán Ó Tarpaigh).

In 2016 he featured in Macalla 1916 and Seachtar Fear – Seacht Lá/Seven Men – Seven Days for Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Death Row Memoirs of an Extra Terrestrial for Music for Galway, Foxy Jack – Giolla Éireann for Gnó Mhaigh Eo/Westport Art Festival and The Playboy of the Western World – The Musical for the Town HallTheatre, Galway.

Diarmuid has worked for many television companies but is mostly known as Pádraic Ó Conaire in Pádraic – an Fear, Jack in Ros na Rún and Cathal in Corp agus Anam. He wrote and directed TG4’s first drama commission, Une Histoire d’Amour.

In 2017 Diarmuid will feature as The Captain in the new film release Pilgrimage. Diarmuid wrote the radio play Pádraic for BBC NI, his musical version The Playboy of the Western World - a Radio Musical, in conjunction with Justin McCarthy, for RTÉ, and he wrote and recorded a sixteen part storytelling series, Tuatha Dé Danainn, for Raidió na Gaeltachta recently.

He featured in Duairceán and Casadh an tSúgáin for RTÉ and Hairs and Races for Galway Bay FM. He edited Rogha Scéalta by Pádraig Ó Conaire (Cló Iar Chonnachta 2008) and recently translated Seacht mBua an Éirí Amach/Seven Virtues of the Rising (Arlen House, 2016). He wrote the short stories Never Smile at a Crocodile (Crannóg Magazine) and Bealtaine (The Irish Times) and some of his poems have been published in Feasta, The Galway Review and North by Northwest Words.

Diarmuid was nominated for an IFTA for his role as Cathal in Corp agus Anam in 2012, he won the best actor award at the Media Awards, 2011, the best documentary award for his programme, Pádraic - an Fear with Johnny White at the Celtic Media Festival in 2008 and the Stewart Parker prize for his play Pádraic Ó Conaire, 2002. The Playboy of the Western World - a Musical for Radio won a bronze medal at the New York Festival's World's Best Radio Programs and a silver medal at the PPI Awards. 

More information is available at www.focaileile.ie and focaileile@forasnagaeilge.ie

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07Apr
2017
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Both challenges and opportunities in the 2016 census

Census 2016 Summary Results - Part 1 was published today and gives the first results on the use of Irish among the Republic of Ireland’s population of 4,761,865.  1,761,420 (39.8%) of respondents said that they were able to speak Irish, a small fall of 0.7% on the 2011 figure. Out of the 1,761,420 people who were able to speak Irish, 73,803 of them spoke Irish daily outside of the education system, a decrease of 3,382 on the 2011 figure.

Speaking today on the publication of the results, Seán Ó Coinn, Chief Executive of Foras na Gaeilge, said that the fall in the number of people able to speak Irish demonstrates “the challenges and the opportunities facing Foras na Gaeilge and the Irish language sector in the coming years. Although the figures show that there is a small fall, there are still 1,761,420 Irish speakers in the Republic of Ireland, and that is cause for hope”.  He said, “the fall of 11.2% in the number of daily Irish speakers based in Gaeltacht areas is a cause for concern, especially in counties Mayo, Donegal and Kerry. These figures show us how fragile Irish is in the Gaeltacht. That said, the full population stands at 96,090 and 66.3% of that population has Irish. We have to take the opportunity through the language planning processes to influence the 33.7% that are not speaking Irish.”

Referring to the 20 Year Strategy for Irish 2010-2030 Ó Coinn said, “The development of the strategy had a weak start in the early years due to economic factors but 6 Irish language lead organisations were established in 2014 which focus specifically on different areas of work which provide opportunities for the use of Irish. With the basic structures of the 20 Year Strategy for Irish 2010-2030 having been implemented, language planning processes are in place, including Language Planning Areas, Gaeltacht Service Towns, Irish Language Networks and the Policy for Gaeltacht Education. These are structures which are being developed to build on the number of Irish speakers in the Gaeltacht and outside of the Gaeltacht.”

Referring to the education system, Ó Coinn said, “the number of young people (69.9%) between 10 and 19 who can speak Irish is a cause for hope and shows that teachers in many schools are succeeding in influencing young people. It is clear, however, that it is necessary to look at the education system to find out how the third (30.1%) of that age group who believe that they can not speak Irish after having come through the education system can be addressed.”

Foras na Gaeilge warmly welcomed the additional funding of €750,000 approved by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in December 2016, in the department’s announcement today.  Ó Coinn said, “it is clear that the period of cuts has come to an end and that we will have an opportunity, along with our partners in the language sector, to take on the challenges indicated by the census figures in 2017.”

Foras na Gaeilge will analyse the results along with the Irish language lead organisations, the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, the Department of Education and Skills, as well as other interested parties in coming months.

 

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Further Information:

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

Tel: 0035387 673 6175    

Email: adavitt@forasnagaeilge.ie

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