GAA’s moves to promote the Irish language with appointment of fulltime Oifigeach Gaeilge

Liam Rushe promoting the GAA's Irish language projects. Credit: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile.

Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Seán Ó hÓráin, recently announced the various projects being undertaken at present by the Association regarding the Irish language.

He announced the appointment of the GAA’s first fulltime Irish Language Officer, Jamie Ó Tuama, who has worked in Irish language sector for over 20 years and is currently Oifigeach Gaeilge for his club, CLG Dhún Doire in Meath.

In welcoming the GAA’s appointment of Jamie Ó Tuama, Cathaoirleach Choiste Náisiúnta na Gaeilge, Seosamh Mac Donncha said:

“I believe the appointment of a fulltime Irish language officer has been most significant step taken by the GAA regarding the language. It shows that the GAA takes it’s role in promoting Irish within the Association very seriously.’’

The GAA’s continued support for Fondúireacht Sheosaimh Mhic Dhonncha was announced, a scheme that is administrated in conjunction with Glór na nGael.

A promotional video ‘Buail Buille don Ghaeilge’, was unveiled which includes Intercounty stars, Cillian O’Connor, Michael Murphy, Tadhg de Búrca and Liam Rushe.

Sean Ó hÓráin, Uachtarán also announced that bilingual signage was being distributed to every club in the country at present. This is happening as part of a joint venture between the GAA, An Roinn Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta, Foras na Gaeilge and Glór na nGael. An Roinn Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta funded the production of the signage.

Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael spoke of the Association’s commitment to an Ghaeilge, stating:

“The Irish language is at heart of the Association and we are better off as an association because of that. Our commitment to the language is clear from our appointment of an Irish language Officer earlier this month – and we wish Jamie Ó Tuama the best of luck in his new role.

Our commitment to the Irish language is also clear from the joint venture between the GAA, An Roinn Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta, Foras na Gaeilge and Glór na nGael. The result of that coming together can be seen from the bilingual signage that is currently being distributed to clubs throughout the country.

The GAA’s three-year plan for the Irish language will soon be launched.


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