Minister Launches Process For Gathering Irish Language Plan For Tralee

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Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Seán Kyne, T.D. launching Trá Lí le Gaeilge  at Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí on Friday.Photo By Domnick Walsh © Eye Focus

GAELCHOLÁISTE Chiarraí hosted a very pleasant event on Friday informing the Tralee public about the process involved in putting together the Tralee Language Plan.

Tralee has been named as a Gaeltacht Service Town, resulting in funding being made available by the Department of the Gaeltacht and Foras na Gaeilge for the development of a Tralee Language Plan.

The aim of the Language Plan is to add to the use of Irish in the home, in the community, in the education system, in the business sector and in the public sector.

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The Kerry Education and Training Board were appointed as the primary organisation in developing the Language Plan, at a public meeting last year.

They are working with an Advisory Committee, with representatives from a wide range of organisations and groups in Tralee.

Kerry ETB will be working with the people of Tralee, from now until February 2020, gathering opinions and suggestions, and carrying out research on questions regarding the use of Irish in Tralee. They will be focusing on the following areas:

1. Education
2. Young People
3. Sport
4. The Business Sector
5. Public Services
6. The Arts
7. The Community

They hope to include measures in the Plan which fulfil three primary aims: (i) create opportunities for people to improve their Irish language ability; (ii) create opportunities for people with Irish to use it in their daily lives and; (iii) increase the visibility of Irish in the town.

On his visit, the Minister explained the various ways in which the state is supporting language planning efforts both in Gaeltacht areas and outside the Gaeltacht.

He stated that he was delighted that Kerry ETB was leading this project that he hopes everyone can get involved in promoting and using Irish in Tralee.  Additional information on the Tralee Language Plan is available at www.tralilegaeilge.ie

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