Date: Saturday, 10 June 2017Time: 11.00 until 16.00Venue: Wynns Hotel, 34-39 Abbey Street Lower, Dublin 1 Red Line Luas stop at the door
Aitheantas means recognition in Irish and four national Irish-language organisations - Comhluadar, Conradh na Gaeilge, Foras Pátrúnachta na Scoileanna Lán-Ghaeilge and Glór na nGael - came together in 2010 under the joint umbrella-campaign entitled Aitheantas to lobby for the recognition of Irish-medium schools, and in particular to support the parents that founded Gaelscoil Ráth Tó in Ratoath, Co. Meath when the all-Irish primary school was refused recognition in 2010.
There is a vibrant community of Irish language societies in third level institutions around the country. They are social groups, run by students for students, that encourage people to engage with their native language in an informal setting. The aim of these Irish Societies is to promote the Irish language and culture through organising social and academic events for its members, its college’s and the general population. The Irish Societies at third level are a driving force of the language allowing young people the opportunity to speak Irish from day to day.
Rith is a massive bi-annual festival and relay-race run around Ireland on behalf of the Irish language. This innovative festival is aimed at encouraging the use of the Irish language and the latest festival was held from 7 - 15 March 2014 as one of the main events of Seachtain na Gaeilge 2014. The 1000km course for the non-stop relay race ran through 14 counties and over 400 towns and villages from Baile Bhuirne in Co. Cork to Belfast, and thousands of people joined in the festivities over the 9 days. This year was different to other years as the run continued through the night in Dublin for the first time ever.
On 17 November 2011, the Government announced that it intended to shut the Office of the Language Commissioner as a independent legislative office, and to transfer all its functions to the Office of the Ombudsman as part of a restructuring plan for the public sector.
This is an on-going campaign to keep the pressure on politicans to fulfil the promises they made regarding the Irish language while they are in Dáil Éireann, in the Legislative Assembly, or in the European Parliament. Conradh na Gaeilge asks MLAs and TDs from the Opposition to question the Government about what they are doing, or not doing, to promote the Irish language.