The Buntáiste Breise na Gaeilge Irish language opportunities tour, organised by Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge, is well underway with events having taken place in Belfast and Letterkenny in the past two weeks.
These seminars are aimed at second level students, in the senior cycle in schools across the country. During the seminars the extra advantages which the Irish language provides in the workplace are discussed.
To date, An Chomhdháil has held these seminars in Killarney, Dublin, Galway, Cork, Castlebar, Belfast and Letterkenny.
The speakers are inspirational, aspirational and motivational, and their words encourage students to consider Irish as a career option.
Among the speakers in Letterkenny were Caoimhín Ó Casaide, a Donegal footballing hero, and teacher. Loretta Ní Churraighín from Gleann Cholm Cille, spoke about her work as an executive with Oireachtas na Gaeilge, while Caitlín Uí Chlochláin discussed her career to date, and her role as an Irish language coordinator with Donegal County Council.
RTÉ and TG4 journalist, Caoimhe Ní Chonchoille spoke of the many opportunities which the Irish language has afforded her, and said that she would not have carved out the same career path without Irish. Caoimhe spoke to the 400 students about her time at NUI Galway, where she completed an Arts degree in English and Irish, as well as a masters degree in Modern Irish. Caoimhe also completed a postgraduate diploma in Media Studies, with Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge.
As part of the seminar, questions from the students were welcomed, which gave rise to lively debate about the future of the language, Gaeltacht status, Irish as a compulsory subject, Irish at third level, and the Government’s support for the language.
Representatives from third level institutions were on hand with exhibition stands, to inform students of the various Irish language courses available to them after they leave school.
In November, An Chomhdháil will host Buntáiste Breise na Gaeilge seminars in Tullamore, and Dublin. To register your school for either of the upcoming events, please contact Brígíd on 01 679 4780.
Check out our video of Buntáiste Breise na Gaeilge in Letterkenny on Youtube here.