Bliain Na Gaeilge 2013 Launches With Spraoi Sa Phobal Across The Country

120 balloons will be released in different locations around Ireland at 3.00pm on Sunday, 25 November 2012 as part of special Irish-language SPRAOI SA PHOBAL family days, officially launching Bliain na Gaeilge 2013 and starting the year-long festivities to celebrate 120 years of the revival of the Irish language.

The revival of the Irish language began in 1893 with the founding of The Gaelic League, or Conradh na Gaeilge as it is now known, and 2 million people on the island of Ireland claim to have Irish today; the Bliain na Gaeilge festival aims to provide these people with thousands of different opportunities to use Irish throughout 2013. There will be Bliain na Gaeilge launches in Belfast; Ennis, Co. Clare; Galway; Derry; Castlebar and the Mayo Gaeltacht of Béal an Mhuirthead.*

At the launch Naoise Ó Muirí, Lord Mayor of Dublin said: "I'm delighted to officially launch Bliain na Gaeilge here in the heart of our capital city, as this massive festival will celebrate the language with various fun and exciting events being organised both locally and nationally across Ireland."

Julian de Spáinn, National Coordinator of Bliain na Gaeilge explains: "Bliain na Gaeilge is a year-long celebration of the language that aims to motivate and empower people to use Irish next year. We are encouraging people to use whatever Irish they have with their friends, relatives, colleagues and others in 2013, by taking part in the competitions running as part of Bliain na Gaeilge and in the various events registered on www.gaeilge2013.ie."

Over 50 other language and culture organisations from across the country will be taking part in this important language initiative, including the likes of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, TG4, and USI. As well as finding information on national Bliain na Gaeilge events, you can also register local events on www.gaeilge2013.ie.

For more details, see www.gaeilge2013.ie; www.facebook.com/gaeilge2013; or Twitter @gaeilge2013. Foras na Gaeilge supports Bliain na Gaeilge 2013. Bígí Linn - Let's Celebrate Our Language!

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Julian de Spáinn
National Coordinator, Bliain na Gaeilge,
Conradh na Gaeilge
+353 (0)86 8142757 / +353 (0)1 4757401

Síne Nic an Ailí
Feidhmeannach Forbartha,
Conradh na Gaeilge
+353 (0)87 6546673 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

EDITOR'S NOTE:

Bliain na Gaeilge is a year of festivities celebrating the Irish language and will include different fun and exciting events organised both locally and nationally throughout Ireland to inspire the public to use their Irish regularly. Join In - Bígí Linn - Let's Celebrate Our Language! www.gaeilge2013.ie

What can you do as part of Bliain na Gaeilge 2013?

• Use Irish with your friends, your relatives, your colleagues and anyone else you can in 2013
• Check out all the events on our website at www.gaeilge2013.ie & attend some of them
• Take part in the competitions - there are great prizes to be won!
• Make the decision to improve your Irish or learn it from scratch in 2013 - you could even take part in the Líofa 2015 initiative
• Go on holidays to the Gaeltacht
• Encourage friends from abroad to come to Ireland in 2013 to attend some of the Bliain na Gaeilge events and to take part in The Gathering Ireland 2013
• Buy products made in Ireland to help support the environment in which we're promoting Irish

*INFORMATION ON BLIAIN NA GAEILGE LAUNCHES ACROSS THE COUNTRY:

CO. MAYO
23 November 2012

Cathain? Meánlae 12.00
Cá háit? Scoil Naomh Aingeal, Caisleán an Bharraigh
Cé? Scoláirí Scoil Naomh Aingeal
Cad? Scaoileadh 120 balún ar 12.00in
Teagmháil: +353 (0)94 90222902

Cathain? 1.00in
Cá háit? Scoil Raifteirí, An Fhaiche, Caisleán an Bharraigh
Cé? Scoláirí Scoil Naomh Aingeal
Cad? Scaoileadh 120 balún ar 12.00in
Teagmháil: +353 (0)94 9024700

Teagmháil: Brídín Ní Cheallaigh, Conradh na Gaeilge, Maigh Eo +353 (0)94 9022444 / +353 (0)87 9781166

CO. CLARE
25 November 2012

Cathain? 2.00 - 4.00in
Cá háit? Ionad Siopadóireachta Dunnes Stores, Inis
Cé? Pádraig Ó Dálaigh, Méara Chontae an Chláir
Cad? Lá spraoi agus teaghlaigh; cór agus ceoltóirí ó Ghaelscoil Mhíchíl Cíosóg agus ó Ghaelcholáiste an Chláir ag tabhairt taispeántais; scaoileadh 120 balún ar 3.00in
Teagmháil: Domhnall Ó Loingsigh, An Clár As Gaeilge
+353 (0)87 2760590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CO. ANTRIM
25 November 2012

Cathain? 2.30in
Cá háit? Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, Béal Feirste
Cé? Dónall Mac Giolla Chóill, Aisteoir
Cad? Gléasta i bhfeisteas ar nós de hÍde féin, déanfaidh Dónall Mac Giolla Chóill aithris ar chodanna den léacht The Necessity for De-Anglicising Ireland a thug Dubhghlas de hÍde 120 bliain ó shin ar an 25 Samhain 1892; scaoileadh 120 balún ar 3.00in
Teagmháil: Frainc Mac Cionnaith, Cultúrlann McAdam - Ó Fiaich +44 (0)28 90964180 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CO. DUBLIN
25 November 2012

Cathain? 2.00 - 4.00in
Cá háit? Sráid an Rí Theas, Baile Átha Cliath 2
Cé? Naoise Ó Muirí, Ardmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath
Cad? Lá spraoi do theaghlaigh; péinteáil aghaidhe, cluichí, eile; scaoileadh 120 balún ar 3.00in
Teagmháil: Jen Ní Mhathúna, Comhluadar +353 (0)85 7088638 / +353 (0)1 4789191

CO. DERRY
25 November 2012

Cathain? 2.40in ag Cearnóg Ebrington
Cá háit? Droichead na Síochána, Doire
Cé? Kevin Campbell, Méara Dhoire
Cad? Siúl chuig Droichead na Síochána; scaoileadh 120 balún ar 3.00in
Teagmháil: Ciarraí Ní Earcáin, Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin +44 (0)78 51228291 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CO. MAYO
25 November 2012

Cathain? 3.00in
Cá háit? Timpeallán, Béal an Mhuirthead
Cé? Rós Bhéal an Mhuirthead (a roghnófar ag ócáid ar 24 Samhain 2012)
Cad? Scaoileadh 120 balún ar 3.00in
Teagmháil: Jacqui Uí Mhonacháin, Comharchumann Deirbhile +353 (0)97 85727 / +353 (0)87 9942716

CO. GALWAY
25 November 2012

Cathain? 2.00 - 4.00in
Cá háit? Ionad Siopadóireachta na Faiche Móire (trasna ó Penneys), Gaillimh
Cé? Frank Fahy, Leas-Mhéara Chathair na Gaillimhe & Eithne Nic Enrí, Aisteoir, Ros na Rún
Cad? Lá spraoi agus teaghlaigh; péinteáil aghaidhe, cluichí ríomhaireachta le Cúla4, ceol beo; scaoileadh 120 balún ar 3.00in
Teagmháil: Peadar Mac Fhlannchadha, Conradh na Gaeilge, Gaillimh +353 (0)91 567824 / +353 (0)87 9942716

Associated Organisations of Conradh na Gaeilge