New Irish Language Project For North County

Gaeltacht imageThere is a new project underway in the North County to promote and encourage the Irish language. There are four Gaelscoileanna, a Gaelcoláiste and now, six Café Craiceáilte (Irish Conversation) groups. The conversation groups meet every week in cafés, usually in the mornings in Skerries, Balbriggan, Swords, Malahide, Howth and Donabate. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, and there is no charge but a commitment to speak Gaeilge. If you wish to find out more information on the conversation groups, call 0861755343.
The standard of Irish varies from average to fluent speakers. “Some people come because they enjoy the language itself. Others are studying for exams and need the practice for the oral Irish test, which now makes up 40 percent of the Leaving Certificate examination,” explained one of the conversation group founders, Diarmuid ó Súilleabháin. “Parents who have children going to a primary school , especially those attending a Gaelscoil and want help with homework also turn up.” “The project has been very successful so far,” he continued. “Often customers in the cafe join the conversation. At the start of this year, the County Council appointed an Irish Language official who participates regularly at the sessions. The next step is to strengthen the link with nearby Gaelscoileanna,” he said.

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