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Language planning process to begin in three Language Planning Areas surrounding Galway City

Steps are currently being undertaken to begin the development and implementation of an Irish Language Plan in the areas surrounding Galway City.

The Irish Language Plan aims to set out a range of initiatives and measures that will promote, support and increase the use of Irish in everyday life in the home, the community, in education and in social, business and public structures in the Language Planning Areas of Oirthear na Gaillimhe (east Galway), An tEachréidh (Annaghdown/Claregalway/Carnmore) and Bearna & Cnoc na Cathrach (Bearna/Knocknacarra). This is an opportunity for the public to get involved and share their opinions. An information brochure can be downloaded here.

A public information meeting will be held in:
LPT Oirthear Chathair na Gaillimhe: Menlo Park Hotel, Monday, 24 April 8.00pm
Includes An Chaisleán Gearr, An Pháirc Mhór, Baile an Dúlaigh, Baile an Phoill, Mionlach, Cúil Each agus Tír Oileáin. (Castlegar, Parkmore, Ballindooley, Ballinfoyle, Menlo, Coolagh and Terryland)

LPT An tEachréidh: Claregalway Hotel, Tuesday, 25 April at 8pm
Includes Baile Chláir, An Carn Mór and Eanach Dhúin (Annaghdown, Claregalway and Carnmore).

LPT Bearna & Cnoc na Cathrach: Clybaun Hotel, Thursday, 27 April at 8pm
Includes Bearna, Corr Chuilinn, Cnoc Odhráin, Tóin na Brocaí agus Cnoc na Cathrach (Bearna, Corcullen, Oranhill, Tonabrocky and Knocknacarra).

A simultaneous Translations service will be provided during the meeting.

Notice published under the Gaeltacht Act in relation to An Ghaeltacht Láir, Co. Donegal, by Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs

The Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Seán Kyne T.D., announced today (25 Novemeber 2016) that he has published a notice in relation to the Gaeltacht Language Planning Area, An Ghaeltacht Láir, Co. Donegal.

A period of up to two months from (25th November 2016) is afforded to organisations to apply to Údarás na Gaeltachta to be selected for the planning and implementation of a language plan in the area concerned. This means that organisations will have until the 25th January 2017 to submit applications to Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Current List of Lead Organisations

    To date, Údarás na Gaeltachta has selected the following lead organisations to prepare language plans for their respective Language Planning Areas:

    Tuaisceart Dhún na nGall Céim Aniar Teoranta
    Cloich Chionnaola, gort an Choirce, An Fál Carrach agus Machaire Rabhartaigh Pobal Eascarrach Teo, An tSean Bheairic Teo agus Coiste Pobail ghort a’ Choirce
    Toraigh Comharchumann Thoraí Teo
    Gaoth Dobhair, Rann na Feirste, Anagaire agus Loch an Iúir i nDún na nGall Meitheal Pleanála Teanga an Iarthuaiscirt, f/ch Comharchumann Forbartha Ghaoth Dobhair Teo
    Na Rosa Forbairt na Rosann Teo
    Árainn Mhór Comharchumann Oileán Árainn Mhóir Teo
    An Ghaeltacht Láir
    Dún na nGall Theas Lár Chomhairle Paróiste Ghleann Cholm Cille Teoranta
    Maigh Eo Thuaidh Gaeilge Iorrais, f/ch Comharchumann Forbartha Ionad Deirbhile Eachléim Teo
    Maigh Eo Thiar Comhlucht Forbartha Áitiúil Acla Teo
    Dúiche Sheoigheach agus Tuar Mhic Éadaigh Comharchumann Dhúiche Sheoigheach Teo
    Conamara Láir Forbairt Chonamara Láir Teo
    An Cheathrú Rua Comharchumann Mhic Dara
    Ceantar na nOileán Comhairle Ceantar na nOileán Teo
    Oileáin Árann Comhar Caomhán Teo.
    Cois Fharraige Fóram Chois Fharraige um Phleanáil Teanga (faoi chúram Chomharchumann Shailearna agus Chomhlacht Forbartha an Spidéil Teo.)
    Maigh Cuilinn Forbairt Mhaigh Cuilinn Teo
    Bearna & Cnoc na Cathrach  
    Oirthear Chathair na Gaillimhe  
    An tEachréidh  
    Ciarraí Thiar Comharchumann Forbartha Chorca Dhuibhne Teo.
    Ciarraí Theas Comhchoiste Ghaeltachtaí Chiarraí Theas Teo.
    Múscraí Comharchumann Forbartha Mhúscraí Teo
    Cléire Comharchumann Chléire Teo
    Na Déise Comhlucht Forbartha na nDéise
    Ráth Chairn & Baile Ghib Comharchumann Ráth Chairn Teo.


    The above named Lead Organisations are working in cooperation with Údarás and other community organisations that have a central role in the preservation and strengthening of the Irish language in the Gaeltacht. The Lead Organisations have a period of up to two years in which to prepare their plans and an tÚdarás will provide them with advice and support whilst they undertake this work.

    Please find below more information about the Language Planning Process that is being implemented by Údarás na Gaeltachta in the Gaeltacht in conjunction with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Foras na Gaeilge.

    Language Planning Guidelines

    Geographic Information System (GIS) – Gaeltacht Language Planning Areas

    The Geographic Information system is available here.

    Using the developed Geographic Information System, layers of data are presented using a Viewer. The presented data is based on the statistical data from the study: Update to the Comprehensive Linguistic Study on the Usage of Irish in the Gaeltacht: 2006-2011 Ó Giollagáin, C. & Charlton, M. published by Údarás na Gaeltachta in 2015. The Study analysed the data collected by the Central Statistics Office through the national censuses of 2006 and 2011. The statistical data on the usage of Irish in the Gaeltacht is presented in the Geographic Information System in the mapped data layers according to Electoral Division.

    A further two layers of data present the site and population of primary and post-primary schools, based on the data provided by the Department of Education and Skills. The data for the 2014/2015 school-year are temporary.

    Update to the Comprehensive Linguistic Study on the Usage of Irish in the Gaeltacht: 2006-2011

    The Update to the Comprehensive Linguistic Study on the Usage of Irish in the Gaeltacht: 2006-2011 details the changes to the linguistic profile of Gaeltacht communities during that period.

    The objective of this research is to provide linguistic data to Lead Organisations that are preparing language plans for the Gaeltacht Language Planning Areas. This data has been provided using the same analytical methodologies used in the original analysis published in 2007. This analytical model ensures continuity and provides an up-to-date profile of the Language Planning Areas provided for under the Gaeltacht Act, 2012.

    A copy of the full report can be downloaded here.

    A copy of the Principal Data of the Language Planning Areas can be downloaded here.