19/01/18

Minister of State McHugh supporting #TrasnaNadTonnta

Joe McHugh T.D., Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, announced today that he is very much looking forward to seeing messages in Irish, from people all over the world, on social media over the coming week during the #TrasnanadTonnta event.

#TrasnaNadTonnta is an event to create an online cyber-Gaeltacht and will be held this year from Monday, 22nd January to Friday, 26th January 2018.

Speaking today, the Minister of State said:

Last year, as Minister of State for the Diaspora and Overseas Development Aid, I took part in #TrasnaNadTonnta on Twitter.  It was wonderful to see all the messages being posted under that hashtag around the world.  It gives a great insight into the work being done to promote the Irish Language worldwide, as well as giving Irish people the chance to make new connections online.  My Department is currently supporting the teaching of Irish in over 40 third-level colleges abroad and the demand for those courses is increasing year on year.

“The language is also experiencing a boom on social media, and #TrasnaNadTonnta gives more people the chance to take part in debates about the language online, and indeed to connect with Ireland, some of them for the first time.  Last year people in 30 different countries engaged in the campaign and I hope to see an increase in that number this year. 

“Over the coming week, therefore, we urge as many people as possible, around the globe, to tweet in Irish and use the hashtag #TrasnaNadTonnta as often as possible.  I would like to congratulate the Ireland Canada University Foundation, who came up with this pioneering concept.

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Note to Editors

Trasna na dTonnta is a new project established by the Ireland Canada University Foundation. The official Twitter account can be found @Trasna18

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht supports the Ireland Canada University Foundation via the ‘Third Level Education Overseas’ scheme.

This scheme provides funding for the teaching of Irish in foreign universities. The objectives of the fund are to promote and foster goodwill for the Irish language outside Ireland and to provide a platform from which the Irish language can be accessed and showcased as an international language.

The fund is open to applications from third level institutions abroad wishing to provide Irish language courses as part of their academic programme. All applications for funding from 3rd level institutions located in the USA and Canada must be channelled through the Fulbright Commission (www.fulbright.ie) and the Ireland Canada University Foundation (www.icuf.ie) respectively.

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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