3rd July 2006
CONFERENCE BOOST FOR IRISH LANGUAGE
government minister is to pay an official visit to a major Irish language
conference to be staged at the
will be a poignant one for Mr Ó Cuív, whose grandfather Éamon de Valera was
Éamon de Valera was a key figure in the Irish struggle for independence and went on to become Taoiseach and President of Ireland.
Coláiste na nGael was founded in 2000 and stages events to promote and celebrate the learning and teaching of the Irish language.
month’s event will feature language seminars, a discussion on the future
of the Irish language among the Irish diaspora and nine short Irish language
films comprising the
Delegates will also hear some folk and Irish music at the
Jolly Brewer pub and will also visit Lincoln Cathedral and
“The event will
attract a mixture of native speakers, fluent speakers and learners,” said David
Gannon, a lecturer in the
“There’s a lot
of interest worldwide in the Irish language, especially outside of
“Over the last 20 years that interest has been stimulated by the rise of the so-called ‘Celtic tiger’ economy and by EU support for minority languages.”
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