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Irish language speakers star in special videos to mark Seachtain na Gaeilge

Date: 09 Mar 2021

Category: News


Aerial view of Belfast City Hall and front lawn in summer

This year’s Seachtain na Gaeilge festival is underway running from 1-17 March and celebrating the vibrancy of the Irish language and contribution it makes to communities in the city.

In previous years, Belfast City Council has marked the Irish language festival by hosting an event in City Hall for local school children to learn about the shared history and heritage of the language with a chance to reflect on the importance of language diversity. Due to the pandemic, it is not possible to host an event this year.

Instead the council’s YouTube channel is showcasing four short videos from people who work in the Irish language sector talking about their careers, in Irish, and the opportunities for young people who might be considering a career using the Irish language.

Featured in the videos are:

  • Gráinne Ní Ghilín – Manager of Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich
  • Dr Pádraig Mac Congáil – Manager of Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin
  • Pádraig Mac Mathúna – an Irish-medium editor and translator at CCEA and
  • Caoimhe Ní Chathail – a freelance video and radio journalist

The videos will show the wide range of career opportunities available to young people considering a career with Irish or considering studying Irish beyond leaving school and are aimed at students of Irish and careers teachers. To view the videos, visit the council’s YouTube channel (link opens in a new window) or Language strategy page.

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