Clondalkin closer to seeing ‘Gaeilge Lenár Linn’
Local TD, Frances Fitzgerald, has welcomed the announcement that Clondalkin has been selected to be a ‘Líonra’ or an Irish Language Network by Foras na Gaeilge. Under the Gaeltacht Act 2012, the Government announced their intention to develop the Irish language in communities outside of the core Gaeltacht areas. These areas would be called ‘Irish Language Networks’ or ‘Líonra Gaeilge’ and would in effect create urban Gaeltachts.
“Tá áthas an domhain orm go bhfuil an ceádúnas tugtha do Mhuintir Chrónáin ‘Líonra Gaeilge’ a fhorbairt i gCluain Dolcáin. I am delighted that the go-ahead has been given by Foras na Gaeilge for Muintir Chrónain to develop a language plan that would see the creation of a ‘Líonra Gaeilge’ in Clondalkin. This brings the reality of a modern form of a Gaeltacht closer for Clondalkin and recognises the years of hard work and dedication by Muintir Chrónáin to promote and develop Irish as a living language,” said Fitzgerald.
“Since I was elected in 2011, I have had the honour to introduce my colleagues to Áras Chrónáin, most recently in April when Minister Joe McHugh met with Muintir Chrónáin in order to see first-hand the commitment they have to the future of Irish culture and language.
“Over the years Muintir Chrónáin has been developing the Irish language and culture in Clondalkin; either through all the adults who have taken part in Irish language and music classes in the Áras or chosen to send their children to our three Gaeilscoileanna. Minister McHugh was impressed at the scope of the Áras’ vision for the language and their efforts to promote it locally.
“The founding motto of Muintir Chrónáin, ‘Gaeilge Lenár Linn’ (Irish in Our Time), has been brought a step closer today and I look forward to a bright future for the language in Clondalkin,” concluded Fitzgerald.