Bilingual status to become more important as 2020 approaches
Galway Tribune 18 Samhain
A wide range of well-known local and national businesses have re-affirmed their commitment to the use of the Irish language in Galway City.
This is particularly encouraging as the first bilingual city in Ireland continues to celebrate and support Galway’s designation as the European Capital of Culture 2020.
Gaillimh le Gaeilge, the organisation responsible for the promotion of the Irish language in Galway is busy preparing for an important year ahead as they celebrate the significant milestone of 30 years of business.
They are calling on all companies and organisations in the city to get involved in this celebration by increasing the use of ‘An Ghaeilge’ in their daily businesses.
Foireann Ghaillimh le Gaeilge can help businesses every step of the way. They will provide consultation, practical advice and hands-on-help to companies/organisations wishing to use the Irish language in any aspect of their businesses free of charge.
It is not essential to be a fluent Irish speaker to use Irish nor does it incur any extra cost to a business. It can be as simple as using bilingual signage, bilingual headings on a menu/website or saying ‘Go raibh maith agat’ at the till when dealing with a customer.
Bríd Ní Chonghaile of Gaillimh le Gaeilge says: “Since Galway was announced as the European Capital of Culture for 2020, more and more businesses have contacted us wondering how they can get involved in order to strengthen Galway’s reputation as a cultural city.
“They see the use of the Irish language as a practical and effective approach to further promote Galway as a bilingual city and strengthen our status as the European Capital of Culture 2020. In the coming months, we will be increasing our efforts with Galway businesses as we direct their attention to Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, Galway’s own annual, bilingual business award.”
The Gradam is an opportunity for businesses to showcase all the bilingual work done in Galway city. Gradam 2017 will be launched in mid-January and will have a special significance as Gaillimh le Gaeilge celebrate 30 years in business.
If you are interested in using the Irish language or participating in the Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2017 contact Gaillimh le Gaeilge at 091568876 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.gleg.ie for more information.