Public encouraged to speak cúpla focail in Limerick

Seanchai, Daisy Kearney visited Scoil Nano Nagle - formerly the Presentation secondary school Sexton street - to mark Seachtain na Gaeilge week. Daisy is seen above with students, Niamh O'Shea, Rachel Constable, Courtney Fitzpatrick and Aisha Angarib. Picture: Adrian Butler
MEMBERS of the public across Limerick are being encouraged to engage in conversation as Gaeilge this week as Seachtain na Gaeilge - Irish Language Week - gets under way.

MEMBERS of the public across Limerick are being encouraged to engage in conversation as Gaeilge this week as Seachtain na Gaeilge - Irish Language Week - gets under way.

Limerick City and County Council will host an ‘Oíche Gaeilge’ for people of all ranges of fluency in the exhibition area of the Council’s Merchant’s Quay offices this Thursday, March 12 at 4.30pm.

Cllr. Kevin Sheahan, Mayor of Limerick City and County Council said: “I look forward to engaging with people, even if they just have a cúpla focal as Gaeilge, at this week’s free and informal event as we celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge.”

“Seachtain na Gaeilge is extremely important as it puts a serious emphasis on the Irish language, incorporating both written and the spoken tongue.

“The large number of Irish speakers throughout Limerick demonstrates that the language is vibrant, alive and exciting in the hearts of the people of the city and county.

“However, we must continue to promote its use, particularly amongst our young people,” said Mayor Sheahan.

All individuals or groups are welcome to attend but those interested in attending the ‘Oíche Gaeilge’ are asked to email valerie.thompson@limerick.ie to register their interest.

Seachtain na Gaeilge, which continues until March 17, is an international Irish language festival and one of the biggest celebrations of our native language and culture that takes place each year in Ireland and in many other countries.

Log on to the website www.snag.ie for more details of initiatives and events.