Speaking today, Chief Executive of Foras na Gaeilge, Ferdie Mac an Fhailigh, said “We are proud to present for the first time tonight our new portal site, which gives an insight into the wide range of services, organisations and projects which Foras na Gaeilge supports. We are unveiling the new Foras na Gaeilge corporate site today as well, which presents to the public the major areas, projects and schemes of Foras na Gaeilge. We will aim to attract those interested in any aspect of the language, both fluent speakers and those with little Irish, in Ireland or anywhere in the world, to use the sites being launched today as a central point of information on the Irish language.”
At the same event, Conradh na Gaeilge will launch the multimedia platform PEIG.ie. PEIG is an acronym for Pobal (community), Eolas (information), Ilmheáin (multimedia) and Gaeilge. PEIG.ie and the free PEIG app offer an interactive map which keeps users informed of Irish language events organised both nationally and internationally. News stories, details of current Irish language job vacancies and much more are published daily. PEIG’s business directory (Eolaire Gnó PEIG) functions as a free marketing tool for businesses and organisations providing services in Irish to the public, and is a valuable resource for small businesses. Conradh na Gaeilge hopes it will encourage businesses to offer services through Irish and in turn, increase the number of people using these services.
Julian de Spáinn, General Secretary of Conradh na Gaeilge, said “The most significant aspect of PEIG.ie is the interactive map which informs the user of Irish language events, Irish classes and Irish groups near them. This is a great resource which encourages the daily use of Irish – whether you are fluent or only have a couple of words. Any group is welcome to register an event with us on PEIG.ie. The business directory is another great aspect of PEIG.ie, both for businesses and those wanting to find services through Irish”.
Foras na Gaeilge and Conradh na Gaeilge will run a competition live on Twitter to publicise the sites tonight between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and prizes will be awarded to tweeters who use the hashtag #Táimidbeo and refer to the new sites.
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