Bradley urges local community to support Bliain na Gaeilge

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Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
SDLP Irish language spokesperson Dominic Bradley has said Bliain na Gaeilge, a year-long celebration of the Irish language, is a chance to not only promote the language but can act as a spur for the economy. The Newry and Armagh MLA has encouraged as many community groups and public bodies to get behind the initiative and drive the promotion of the language in their local community. Speaking to Newry Times, he said: “The aim of Bliain na Gaeilge is to make Irish a natural part of daily life for people in Ireland, in schools, government buildings, councils and youth clubs. Many public bodies and committees have been preparing for a massive, year-long promotion of the language. “This can have an added bonus of driving the economy, with events such as The Gathering 2013 occurring this year also to celebrate Irish culture, history and genealogy will also take place next year, and Bliain na Gaeilge organisers hope to make the Irish language a central part of those events hosted in Ireland in the coming year also. “With the affiliated concerts, sports events and literary events there will be a massive audience in which the promotion of the Irish language can help drive bring people together and. He added, “People with Irish roots and those interested in the Irish language here at home and all over the world in places where Irish is widely spoken – parts of Canada, USA, Europe, Asia and Australia included – will have access to event listings, photos and Irish language information at their fingertips. “I urge all community groups to get behind this fantastic initiative and show their support for the Irish language and help promote it in the local community. Information can be found at”
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