15 March 2012

Fitzgerald Encourages People to Use their Cúpla Focail

Local TD and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, is dusting off her cúpla focail for this year’s Seachtain na Gaeilge. Running from the 3rd to the 17th of March, Seachain na Gaeilge has developed into a festival which aims to promote and support the use of the Irish language around the community.

“Seachtain na Gaeilge is a great boost to the language and can focus us all on using whatever Irish we have. We have an incredibly vibrant Irish–speaking community with Gaelscoileanna across Clondalkin, Lucan and Rathcoole as well the fantastic cultural centre, Áras Chrónáin,” said Fitzgerald.

In support of Seachtain na Gaeilge, Frances’s office, in the heart of Clondalkin, is turning itself Irish for the duration of the festival.

“During Seactain na Gaeilge, I will try to use the cúpla focal I have and my secretary Méagan will be taking phone calls and appointments either through Irish or English. We have already put up signs as Gaeilge around our Clondalkin office and have quick conversation guides available, which we will be encouraging people to take home with them,” said Fitzgerald.
Minister Fitzgerald also paid tribute to the huge efforts of South Dublin County Council, in particular its Irish Officer, Aoileann Nic Dhonnacha who has put together a jam-packed schedule.

“South Dublin County Council has produced a great festival this year with loads to do, a majority of which is completely free. There is also plenty for younger Gaeilgeoirí to do, if more information is needed for activities near you, we have a full list of events in my office,” said Fitzgerald.

Events include Irish conversation classes in Clondalkin Library, Tuesday the 6th and 13th at 6.30pm, a youth club as Gaeilge on Monday nights and a St. Patrick’s family fun day in Áras Chrónáin. There is also a Social Night as Gaeilge in the Tallaght Stadium on Thursday the 8th from 8pm to 11.30pm.

“There are plenty of opportunities to support our culture and to brush up on our Ghaeilge. I would be brilliant to see everyone get behind the festival and to make our language a part of everyday life,” concluded Fitzgerald.

For more information on events taking place, or for signs as Gaeilge for your office, please get in touch with Frances’ office at 457