As Aire don Ghaeilge, don Ghaeltacht agus do na hOileáin I recently approved funding of over €683,000 to Irish Language organisation, Glór na nGael for 2019 – 2022 to develop the Joe McDonagh Foundation and support the Teanga Tí/Family Language Scheme.
The funding for the Joe McDonagh Foundation/Fondúireacht Sheosaimh Mhic Dhonncha, named in memory of Galway hurling great, former President of the GAA and Irish language supporter, Joe McDonagh, encourages the use of the language in innovative ways in GAA clubs with 128 clubs participating to date, including six Galway clubs and nine Mayo clubs.
The Teanga Tí/Family Language Scheme operates in partnership with 15 gaelscoileanna, including Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh in Knocknacarra, to support households where Irish is the main language of the home.
The Joe McDonagh Foundation scheme is administered by Glór na nGael and the GAA and gives clubs the chance to integrate Irish into all aspects of its activities with a list of 70 actions that aim to raise the status of the language, encourage learning of the language and to ultimately increase the use of Irish in clubs and in wider communities. Actions include holding language classes, arranging social events and organising training through Irish, producing Irish language signage, using the language in communications, on social media and websites, and appointing an Irish Language Officer, among other actions. Clubs are awarded a bronze, silver or gold medal based on the number of actions successfully implemented.
Clubs participating locally, to date, include clubs in Moycullen, Barna, Rosmuc, Annaghdown, Ballinderreen and Thuar Mhic Éadaigh as well as Irish Language-speaking club, Gaeil na Gaillimhe based in the city.
The funding to Glór na nGael is also supporting the Teanga Tí/Family Language Scheme which develops networks of households outside of the Gaeltacht where Irish is the language of the home. Through social activities and events, the use of Irish is encouraged and supported in households and the scheme is of particular benefit to parents whose children attend gaelscoileanna.
These schemes support the use of Irish both outside of the education system and outside of traditional Gaeltacht areas and I am delighted to be able to approve this funding to help further develop the schemes over the next four years.
Clubs participating in the Fondúireacht Sheosaimh Mhic Dhonncha
|Co. na Gaillimhe||Cumann Liathróid Láimhe Anach Dhúin (Annaghdown)|
|Baile an Doirín CLG (Ballinderreen)|
|Cumann Peil na mBan Maigh Cuilinn|
|Na Piarsaigh, Rosmuc, CLG|
|Gaeil na Gaillimhe CLG (Galway City)|
|Co. Mhaigh Eo||Cumann Liathróid Láimhe Thuar Mhic Éadaigh|
|Cill tSeadhna CLG, Iorras (Kiltane, Erris)|
|Baile an Chaisil CLG, Maigh Eo (Ballycastle)|
|Tuar Mhic Éadaigh CLG|
|Cill Chomáin CLG (Kilcommon)|
|Na Mistéalaigh CLG, Caisleán an Bharraigh (Castlebar)|
|Cnoc Mór, Maigh Eo, CLG (Knockmore)|
|Acla CLG (Achill)|
|Moy Davitts CLG, Foxford|
Schools participating in the Teanga Tí/Family Language Scheme:
- Scoil Mhuire, na Doirí Beaga – Derrybeg, Co. Donegal
- Scoil Mhic Amhlaigh, Gallaimh – Knocknacarra, Galway City
- Scoil Lorcáin, BÁC – Blackrock, Co. Dublin
- Scoil Gharbháin, Grúpa 1 – Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
- Scoil Gharbháin, Grúpa 2 – Dungarvan Co. Waterford
- Gaelscoil an Chaisleáin, Baile an Chollaigh – Ballincollig, Co. Cork
- SN Rann na Feirste – Ranafast, Co. Donegal
- BS na mBráithre Críostaí, Ard Mhacha – Co. Armagh
- SN Uí Ghnamhnaigh, Ráth Chairm – Co. Meath
- SN Ros Dumhach – Rosdoagh, Ballina, Co. Mayo
- Scoil Mobhí, Baile Átha Cliath – Glasnevin, Dublin
- SN Réidh na nDoirí, Corcaigh – Macroom, Co. Cork
- Scoil Lachtaín Naofa, Cill na Martra – Kilnamartyra, Co. Cork
- Scoil Chrónáin, BÁC – Rathcoole, Co. Dublin
- Scoil Naithí, BÁC – Ballinteer, Dublin.