Breen pays tribute to Carrigaholt’s College role in the revitalisation of the Irish Language.

July 26th, 2012 - Pat Breen

On the eve of the celebrations to mark the 100th Anniversary of Coláiste Eoghain Uí Chomraidhe in Carrigaholt, Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen has paid tribute to the College for the role which he has played in the revitalisation of the Irish Language. The Minister for the Gaeltacht Dinny McGinley T.D. will be guest of honour at Friday night’s celebrations.

“The O’Curry College in Carrigaholt first opened its doors in 1912, and since then people travel from all over the world to participate in the Irish Language courses which are held there each year during the summer. I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Macdara Tóibín and all his predecessors and all those who have taught at the School down through the years, for the role, which they have played in revitalising the use of the Irish language. The College is also making a very important contribution to the local economy and businesses, who have been further boosted in recent times with the reopening of the Lighthouse in Loop Head.”

“I am delighted that the Minister for the Gaeltacht Dinny McGinley T.D. will travel down again to the College this weekend to join in the celebrations. Minister McGinley has displayed a strong interest in the reawakening of the Irish language. The enactment of the Gaeltacht Bill 2012 will benefit the sustainability of the Irish Language in our time and the recognition which he has given to the Irish language networks which are situated outside the Gaeltacht areas will ensure that the language will continue to flourish in areas like West Clare.”

“There is a huge effort in place, over the past few years to renew, to awaken, to strengthen, and to extend the Irish language in the area from Ennis down to Kilush and from there up to Kilkee and from there as far west as Carrigaholt and Loop Head.”

“Is mó cainteoir laethúla Gaeilge atá páirteach san iarracht seo in Iarthar Chontae an Chláir gach lá. Tagann siad ó iarthar an chontae agus tá siad ag cloí leis an nGaeilge, rud a chiallaíonn go bhfuil an Ghaeilge ag teacht chun cinn in athuair. Tá aisiompú teanga ag obair sa cheantar seo, pé scéal é. Is gá é a neartú áfach le próiseas reachtúil teanga d’fhonn tacaíocht a thabhairt do na hiarrachtaí seo mar chuid de phróiseas. Tiocfaidh méadú ar lion na gcainteoirí Gaeilge agus ar lion na ndaoine atá fostaithe in earnáil na Gaeilge i dtráth. The Gaeltacht Bill 2012 encourages all those who are involved in spoken Irish and the use of the Irish Language in areas like West Clare to ensure that further revitalisation efforts are made in Irish Language Life and among the people as a street language on a continuous basis.”

“I wish all involved in this weekend’s celebrations at Coláiste Eoghain Uí Chomraidhe in Carrigaholt well and I confident that the College will continue to contribute to keeping the Irish language alive well into the future.”