Thursday, 15 May 2008

Fís Ghaeilge Mheiriceá Thuaidh la Irish Voice:

On May 17 and 18, the Affinia Hotel on Seventh Avenue in Manhattan will become a haven for Gaelic language speakers who will attend an Irish language conference organized by Glór na nGael in an effort to promote the language in North America and Canada.
The conference, titled “Fís Ghaeilge Mheiriceá Thuaidh” (Irish Language Vision for North America), is open to all Irish speakers across the continent.

Inviting people to attend the event, Lorcán Mac Gabhann, Glór na nGael’s director, explained, “This conference is the first of its kind ever to be held on the North American continent and it is hoped that as many people interested in promoting the Irish language in the U.S. and Canada will attend.

“It will give Irish groups in the United States and in Canada a opportunity to discuss their future along with Irish language voluntary and statutory organizations from Ireland.”

Development officer with Glór na nGael, Daragh Ó Tuama added, “What we are trying to do is firstly promote partnership between us and the various groups in America offering them more help and support and it will also be great for us here to know what is going on over.”

Another aspect of the conference will include looking at the possibility of making available in America a certificate in the Irish language that is recognizable in Europe. “The person who designed this course will also speak at the conference which is a huge honor for us how it works out,” said Ó Tuama.

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