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Clondalkin Gazette
27 Nollaig 2015

Clondalkin could be an urban Gaeltacht

Foras na Gaeilge - Promotion of the Irish Language

Ian Begley

Clondalkin has been selected to be a Líonra or an Irish langauge network by Foras na Gaeilge, the public body responsible for the promotion of the Irish language.

Under the Gaeltacht Act 2012, the Government announced its intention to develop the Irish language in communities outside of the core Gaeltacht areas.

These areas would be called Irish language networks or Líonraí Gaeilge and would in effect create urban Gaeltachts.

Only five communities in Ireland have been selected, three in the Republic and two in Norther Ireland. The application process comes in four stages and Clondalkin is now at stage three where it will have to formulate a language plan.

Welcoming the decision of the boar, chief executive of Foras na Gaeilge Ferdie Mac an Fhailigh said: "This is a great step towards creating the networks mentioned in the Gaeltacht Act 2012.

"The chosen groups will now have a year to compile a language plan for their own area. This timescale is challenging by we are hopeful that the groups in these areas will be able to prepare the plan in this period. I congratulate the chosen areas and we look forward to supporting them with their plans."

Also welcoming the announcement, Minister Frances Fitzgerald said: Over the years Muintir Chrónáin (Irish Cultural Centre, Clondalkin) have 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 chose to send their children to our three Gaeilscoileanna.

"The founding motto of Muintir Chrónáin, "Gaeilge Lenar 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," she said.

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