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Bliain na Gaeilge 2013 Launch

October 30, 2012

During this year’s Oireachtas na Samhna, which will take place in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal this coming weekend, a year-long celebration of the Irish language called Bliain na Gaeilge will be launched amongst the Irish-speaking community at 1pm on Saturday 3rd November 2012.

A massive year of celebration is organised in 2013 to celebrate the Irish language. Local groups all over Ireland and abroad will participate in Irish language events to celebrate 120 years of the revival of the Irish language. Bliain na Gaeilge is a year of festivities celebrating the Irish language and will include different fun and exciting events organised both locally and nationally throughout the island of Ireland to inspire the public to use their Irish regularly.

In recent months many groups, public committees and Irish-language organisations have been coming together to make Bliain na Gaeilge happen, and they are working with the public so that the Irish language will be a natural part of daily life in 2013, with it being spoken in government buildings, schools, county councils, youth clubs, USI and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann events, on TG4 and RTÉ and many other places besides.

The Gathering Ireland 2013 which is a series of events and festivals 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.

There will be a range of international gatherings and local events running throughout Bliain na Gaeilge as well as seminars, concerts, sports, dance, literature readings, music and school events across the country. A new website will be launched at www.gaeilge2013.ie soon to provide information on Bliain na Gaeilge, and the language initiative will be launching nationally on Sunday, 25th of November 2012.

Bliain na Gaeilge’s new website will colourful and easy to use and will bring together a calendar of events currently being organised to celebrate Bliain na Gaeilge here in Ireland and all over the world next year. This huge list of events, happening in places with established Gaeltacht or Irish-language societies and with Irish speakers in attendance, will be available at www.gaeilge2013.ie in the near future. 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 with this wonderful easy to use new website.

You can get more information about Bliain na Gaeilge 2013 at www.facebook.com/gaeilge2013 or on Twitter @gaeilge2013.