Minister of State McHugh and Michael McDowell S.C. to launch Conradh na Gaeilge 2016 Commemoration Programme in Trinity College
Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh T.D. and Michael McDowell S.C., former Minister for Justice and grandson of Eoin Mac Néill, will today (Monday, 23 November 2015) launch Conradh na Gaeilge’s 2016 Commemoration Programme, part of the An Teanga Bheo strand of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, in the Science Gallery of Trinity College Dublin at 6.00pm.
Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh T.D. says: “The comprehensive programme that has been agreed by Conradh na Gaeilge will take place as part of An Teanga Bheo, the Irish-language strand of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. Cultural revival and renewing the role and importance of our native language was a core ambition of the 1916 leaders. It is great to see our language come to life, not just as part of An Teanga Bheo, but across all seven programme strands next year. An Teanga Bheo is built on partnership, in this case partnership between my Department and Conradh na Gaeilge and I look forward to seeing the programme as it comes together over the coming weeks and months.”
Michael McDowell S.C. says: “We are the inheritors of the Irish language and our Gaelic culture, and the challenge is now ours to keep them alive, to preserve and promote them. This is the same challenge that faced the founders of Conradh na Gaeilge over a century ago, and the challenge is as great and as difficult today as it was for them at that time.”
As part of its 2016 Commemoration Programme, Conradh na Gaeilge is digitising 15,000 pages of An Claidheamh Soluis, the most influential newspaper in the pre-Rising period, as well as reorganising its archives and making parts of its collection accessible online for the first time. Conradh na Gaeilge will also host a series of bilingual seminars, Plé 16, all over Ireland and overseas, which will focus on the key role played by members of Conradh na Gaeilge in the build up to the Rising, the intellectual freedom associated with the Irish-language movement, and the role of women in the Cultural Revival, as well as the future of Gaelic culture. Féile na Físe will take place in schools on Proclamation Day next year (15 March 2016) as part of the international Irish-language festival Seachtain na Gaeilge, Conradh na Gaeilge will run interactive Seó Bóthair workshops in schools, and a special mobile exhibition will travel across Ireland and overseas throughout 2016.
Cóilín Ó Cearbhaill, President of Conradh na Gaeilge says: “We are delighted to be launching the Conradh na Gaeilge 2016 Commemoration Programme in Trinity College, the alma mater of one of our founders Douglas Hyde, in the presence of the grandson of Eoin Mac Néill, another of our founders, and across the road from the house in which the Pearse brothers were born. I am confident that the rich wide range of events and projects we have planned for the centenary will enable us all to better understand the key role played by the Irish language and by members of Conradh na Gaeilge in our history, and further inspire the renewed interest this generation is showing in our language.”