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Could You Speak Irish for 24 Hours?

Gaeilge24: Could you speak Irish for 24 hours?

30,000+ students from 315 schools took part in #Gaeilge24 with Conradh na Gaeilge on Tuesday, 15th of November.

For the tenth year running, over 30,000 students in 315 schools from 32 counties took part in Conradh na Gaeilge’s #Gaeilge24 challenge on Tuesday, 15 November 2022. The goal of Gaeilge24 is to encourage young people to only speak Irish for 24 hours in every aspect of their lives.

Students were encouraged to speak Irish not only at school and with their teachers, but at home, at the shops and with local businesses, friends, and in their local sports clubs.

Paula Melvin, President of Conradh na Gaeilge commented: “A positive attitude towards the language is encouraged in young people in a fun and relevant way through Gaeilge24. They are given the opportunity to have a positive experience and to promote the Irish language in their own lives. This is now the tenth year of this unique campaign and Gaeilge24 continues to go from strength to strength.”

English medium, Gaelscoileanna and Gaeltacht primary and secondary schools across Ireland took part in this year’s challenge. A certificate will be awarded to each student for taking part.

According to feedback gathered last year, 100% of teachers would be happy to run Gaeilge24 in their schools again. Referencing her great experience with Gaeilge24 over the years, Rosie Scanlon from Educate Together – Sandymount Park said: “Gaeilge24 is one of the main school events here each year. It is a fantastic idea that gives students the opportunity to do something different and fun with the Irish language. This year, we took part in a wellness workshop and meditation through Irish, thanks to Conradh na Gaeilge”. 

Furthermore, speaking about his experience with Gaeilge24 over the years, Aodhán Ó Deá, Director of Development with Conradh na Gaeilge said: ‘We have sent thousands of support packs to schools north and south over the last few days, and we at Conradh na Gaeilge are excited that over 30,000 students used Gaeilge as their main language as part of Gaeilge24 throughout the island today! This year, Gaeilge24 is focusing on wellbeing. Taking care of yourself, especially young people, from exercise to mindfulness, is very important to be at your healthiest.’

The Irish language community around the world has the opportunity to take part in the challenge online by using the #Gaeilge24 hashtag on social media.

Conradh na Gaeilge is the democratic forum for the Irish-speaking community. The Conradh has over 200 branches and numerous individual members registered around the world, members that work hard to promote the use of Irish in their own areas. Conradh na Gaeilge’s main aim is to promote the use of Irish as the standard language in Ireland. Conradh na Gaeilge was established by Douglas Hyde, Eoin Mac Néill, and their colleagues on the 31st of July 1893. The organisation runs Irish-language courses; advocates for the language rights of Irish-speakers; raises awareness about the language; hosts the international Irish-language festival Seachtain na Gaeilge; manages the Irish-language information hub PEIG.ie and the Irish-language bookshop An Siopa Leabhar; supports Raidió Rí-Rá; and much more. More information: www.cnag.ie

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