15/11/11

15/11/2011 ‘Online archive of Modern Irish texts will be great resource for readers, students and lexicographers in Ireland and abroad’ – McGinley

Dinny McGinley, T.D., Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, will this evening (Tuesday 15th November, 2011) launch an online archive of Modern Irish texts as part of the Dictionary of Modern Irish, in the Royal Academy of Ireland, Academy House, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

Speaking at the launch, Minister McGinley said, “The Academy is to be commended for its work in preparing this archive for publication on the internet.    It will initially contain more than 40 books published by Conradh na Gaeilge between 1882 and 1926 and this will be added to on a continuous basis.    The archive will be a great resource for readers, students and lexicographers in Ireland and all over the world.  The most important texts of that period will now be available on the internet, and people will be able to download them to e-readers and read them at their own convenience,”

The Minister added, “There is no question but that the launch of this archive on the internet represents significant progress as regards the development of a corpus for the twentieth century, and ultimately, of an historical dictionary for the Irish language which will follow on from the Dictionary of the Irish Language.  I also recognise that the Dictionary of Modern Irish is an ambitious, challenging, longterm initiative, as is the nature of historical dictionaries. This work will stand the test of time and will benefit the Irish language community for generations to come.”

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Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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