Seán Keane will be performing a concert in Halla Naomh Bhreandáin, An Eachléim, Co. Mhaigh Eo, Blacksod, Co. Mayo on Saturday the 13th August 2016.
To be in with a chance of winning 2 free tickets
The winds of change are blowing through the Gaeltacht since 2012. Haven’t you heard? Chun fanacht sa Ghaeltacht agus chun ár stádas Gaeltachta a choinneáil, beidh orainn a léiriú go bhfuil iarrachtaí ar siúl againn an Ghaeilge a chothú agus a chur chun cinn, de réir Acht nua Gaeltachta 2012.
What does this mean for us in the Mayo Gaeltachtaí?
|This new Gaeltacht legislation (Acht na Gaeltachta 2012) signals a departure from the historic emphasis on geographic boundaries and puts the onus on each Gaeltacht community to decide for themselves (i) whether they want to remain in the Gaeltacht (ii) and if so, whether they want to come together to prepare and implement an Irish language development plan for their area. Beidh stádas Gaeltachta ag brath ar na critéir sin, seachas ar limistéir thíreolaíochta amháin as seo amach. Furthermore, Aire na Gaeltachta now has the power to withdraw Gaeltacht status from an area if the community don’t fulfil their requirements under this new legislation. If, for example, they don’t submit their language development plan when asked. Mar sin féin, tá i bhfad níos mó i gceist leis seo ná pleananna teanga agus staitisticí teanga amháin. Acht na Gaeltachta also presents enormous opportunities for each community to direct, promote and sustain their linguistic and Gaeltacht future on their own terms.
So how does this actually work?
The Mayo Gaeltacht has been divided into 3 separate language planning areas (i) Maigh Eo Thuaidh (Iorras) (ii) Maigh Eo Thiar (Acaill) (iii) Tuar Mhic Éadaigh has been coupled with Dúiche Sheoigheach i gCo. na Gaillimhe.
Did you know that approximately 19% of the Gaeltacht is located in county Mayo? 10,886 people live in these areas according to Census 2011, which represents roughly 11% of the entire Gaeltacht population. Is teanga bheo labhartha í an Ghaeilge fós i gceantair áirithe i gcontae Mhaigh Eo.
An interim working group has recently been formed in the Maigh Eo Thuaidh area under the guidance of an independent language planning specialist, an Dr Laoise Ní Dhúda. 7,575 people or 70% of the Mayo Gaeltacht population live in this area, which spans from Fód Dubh to Béal Deirg, Ceathrú Thaidhg to Dumha Thuama and everywhere in between. The aim of this group is to begin preliminary discussions and preparatory work required for Acht na Gaeltachta in North Mayo. Their overall goal is to maintain and develop North Mayo as a thriving Gaeltacht area. Instead of sitting back and expecting linguistic miracles to happen without any change, representatives from each parish in this Gaeltacht area decided to get the ball rolling themselves. They hope that you’ll be happy to join them on this journey. Tá todhchaí na Gaeilge agus na Gaeltachta i Maigh Eo Thuaidh ag brath ortsa agus orainne. At the end of the day, the future of the Irish language and the North Mayo Gaeltacht depends on you and me.
This group believes in a positive future for the North Mayo Gaeltacht. We are all well versed in the linguistic, cultural, social, educational, economic and associated benefits of the Irish language and Gaeltacht status – or are we?
Tá rogha le déanamh ag gach duine anois. So it really is decision time for every person living in the North Mayo Gaeltacht, tá uair na cinniúna buailte linn. We’ve reached a point of historic significance regarding our Gaeltacht status and there can be no turning back.
What can you do? Whether you’re young or old, a parent, a committee member, a cainteoir dúchais, or a concerned member of the community, we ask you to déan do mhachnamh féin, have a think about this and decide what you want. Please also come along to our public meeting in Áras Inis Gluaire, Béal an Mhuirthead on Wednesday 4th November 2015 at 8pm and have your say. Fáilte roimh gach duine. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org chun breis eolais a fháil nó chun spéis a chlárú linn.
Bí linn ar mhaithe le ár gceantar agus ár dteanga.
Organisations and community groups from North Mayo have been officially invited to submit applications to Údarás na Gaeltachta before 22.11.2015 to become the lead organisation responsible for language planning in North Mayo.
Beatha teanga í a labhairt – a language lives by being spoken.
With this in mind, albeit with a modern twist, Feachtas ‘Gnóthaí as Gaeilge’ is to be launched in Erris this May.
Tá deis againn anois to build on the enormous success and experience of Oscail do Bhéal, nuair a d’éirigh linn tús iontach a chur le hathbheochan na Gaeilge sa cheantar.
Tá muid ag leanúint ar aghaidh leis an smaoineamh céanna – Oscail do Bhéal (.i. úsáid do chuid Gaeilge), ach an uair seo beidh an fócas ar chomhrá Gaeilge in eagraíochtaí éagsúla.
Over the coming weeks, participating businesses and organisations in Erris will be busy preparing short but fun filled voice recordings as Gaeilge. Their brief is to make a short spraíúil taifead as Gaeilge which is unique to their business and based on gnáthchomhrá Gaeilge – almost like an advertisment as Gaeilge – so that customers and muintir na háite will have a better idea of how to déan their gnóthaí as Gaeilge san eagraíocht sin.
The aim is to have some fun leis an gcomhrá Gaeilge, maybe pick up some Gaeilge along the way, have a chuckle at the intended jokes and even déan do ghnóthaí féin as Gaeilge the next time that you visit that place.
Tá an Ghaeilge beo beathach in Erris ach ba mhaith linn a léiriú níos soiléire go bhfuil fáilte mhór roimh an nGaeilge sa cheantar, an dea-scéal a scaipeadh that there are plenty of chances to oscail do bhéal and also chun aitheantas and well deserved publicity a fháil for participating businesses and organisations on local and social media.
If you or your organisation would like to get involved, please get in touch with us, cuirfear fáilte is fiche romhat.
New recordings will be uploaded to Ionad Deirbhile’s Facebook page each week. So keep an eye out on our page for regular updates. The top 5 recordings as Gaeilge which get the most ‘likes and shares’ on Facebook will be played on the Tommy Marren radio show. So go on, give Gaeilge a go. Má labhraíonn muid an Ghaeilge, mairfidh sí.
For more information on this campaign, our upcoming comhrá classes, our lón Gaeilge uair sa mhí, keep an eye on our Facebook page at Ionad Deirbhile or our webpage ionaddeirbhile.ie.
Feachtas Oscail do Bhéal to begin in Erris this March. Bí linn.
Ever wished to speak Irish more often or even thought ‘Is breá liom an Ghaeilge,’ ‘I wish I could speak it.’ “Ach” bíonn i gconaí ach….‘Where do I start?’ agus ‘Cá bhfuil an Ghaeilge?’
Well we have a solution for you!
A new, exciting and innovative campaign, ‘Feachtas Oscail do Bhéal’ is being launched in Erris mar chuid de Sheachtain na Gaeilge 2015 (1 – 17 Márta), chun cuidiú le daoine an Ghaeilge atá acu a úsáid. No more excuses!
25 businesses and organisations in Béal an Mhuirthead agus Paróiste na Cille Móire displaying the póstaer and stickers for ‘Oscail do Bhéal’ are taking part. Buail isteach agus see what it’s all about. Cuirfear céad míle fáilte romhat as Gaeilge.
We have devised a sticker system as Gaeilge, so that you’re 100% cinnte go bhfuil fáilte roimh an nGaeilge, deis agat an Ghaeilge a úsáid agus fios agat faoi chumas teanga an duine eile.
So be on the look out for others wearing stickers ‘Labhair Gaeilge Liom’ agus bí ag caint leo. Beidh greamán (nó sticker) á chaitheamh ag oibrithe sna háiteanna atá rannpháirteach – dath glas, nó oráiste nó dearg – chun a gcumas sa Ghaeilge a chur in iúl. Mar a deir an seanfhocal ‘aithníonn Gaeilgeoir Gaeilgeoir eile.’
But it gets better, you can choose your own sticker from participating businesses and take part yourself.
So get your greamán féin, oscail do bhéal, úsáid do chuid Gaeilge, coinnigh ort – fiú má tá tú neirbhíseach. There aren’t any gardaí gramadaí here! Give it a go, you know you want to – as Gaeilge.
Má labhraíonn muid an Ghaeilge, mairfidh sí.
Tá todhchaí na Gaeilge sa cheantar seo ag brath ortsa agus orainne.
Bhuel, beidh ranganna ag tosú in Ionad Deirbhile le Daithí Ó Gallachóir an tseachtain seo chugainn, ar an Luan (16/02), ag 6.30 i.n! Tá fáilte roimh gach duine (óg nó sean) agus is féidir le éinne é a dhéanamh! Tá sé saor in aisce, mar sin níl le déanamh agat ach do bhróga damhsa a chaitheamh! smile emoticon Is deis iontach é do chuid Gaeilge a chleachtadh le do chlann nó le chairde, bígí linn ar an Luan le haghaidh ‘Damhsa le Daithí’!!
The www.blacksodbayemigration.ie website launched by Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim in July 2013, now has a link to a new interactive ‘sister site’ via “Latest News”. The new site provides a focal point for the descendants to interact with. We thank them for already leaving messages, photographs and stories of their ancestors. Many descendants are also longing to connect with possible existing relatives in the home place of their forebears’. Since the launch of the site Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre has welcomed back descendants of Tighe, Ginnelly, Barrett, Dixon, Donnelly, Heveran and Kennedy families returning from the USA to Blacksod Bay to see where their people boarded the ship, that was to bring them to the “New World”
Blacksod Bay Emigration remembers the people of Erris, Achill and Newport West, who emigrated on the ships from Blacksod Bay 1883-84 assisted by “The Tuke Fund”. It is hoped that the database will help the descendants of the emigrants in North America and Canada to engage with their relations and the community in the West of Ireland, and that their shared experiences will re-establish a bond between the Belmullet and Achill areas and those areas in the United States and Canada where the emigrants settled. This is the start of a process which will strengthen the connection between the descendants of the emigrants and the home place of their ancestors. The people left together as a community with a sense of identity, they are now being remembered in this way.
“Our history is their history and theirs is ours. By remembering the people who left we welcome back their descendants.”
Bígí breá aclaí is cleachtaithe do Rásaí na gCurach, An Fód Dubh, Dé Domhnaigh, 10 Lúnasa 2014. Beidh, rásaíocht, barbaiciú, tae agus caife, turas sealgaireachta, tógáil caisleán gainimh is go leor craic ar an lá!
Make sure you’re fit and ready for the Curragh Racing at Blacksod on Sunday 10 August 2014. There’ll be racing, a barbeque, tea and coffee, foraging tours, sand castle building and plenty of craic on the day!