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Irish Language Week celebrated at City Hall

12 Mar 2020

The Irish language and the role it plays in daily life across the city has been celebrated at Belfast City Hall.

Schools from Belfast joined in on the Seachtain na Gaeilge event and learnt about the shared history and heritage of the Irish language and had the chance to reflect on the importance of language diversity.

Seachtain na Gaeilge is an all-Ireland series of events celebrating Irish in daily life. The City Hall event was part of Belfast City Council’s Language Strategy and was organised by Belfast City Council in partnership with Conradh na Gaelige.

Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Daniel Baker, welcomed guests and said:

“As a council we are committed to Belfast becoming a more inclusive city, as outlined in the ‘Belfast Agenda’ the development plan for Belfast which aims to improve the wellbeing of everyone who lives, works in or visits Belfast.

It is so pleasing to see so many young people here today who not only speak the Irish language but want to ensure it develops and is integrated in communities.

It is these young people with their vibrant and positive attitudes that will continue to boost and promote language diversity in our city.  This event is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all that is great about our wonderful language and I hope to see many more events like this one in Belfast City Hall in the future. ”

Celebrations continued in the afternoon at City Hall with the launch of the ‘Gaelic Maps of Belfast’ compiled by Turas, the Irish language group based in East Belfast.

Place names from across the city were documented on the map with expertise help from Queens University and artist Andrew Whitson.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Daniel Baker remarked on the maps and said: “This map is a perfect example of how the Irish language impacts on all communities in the city and it is a huge part of the rich, shared history of Belfast.”

“The colourful map of place names in Belfast is a tremendous piece of work and I am delighted to see so many Irish language enthusiasts here in City Hall this afternoon- Belfast City Council is truly delivering on ensuring language equality and diversity is at the forefront of its overall agenda”

More information on Council’s language strategy is available on our website www.belfastcity.gov.uk/languagestrategy

Copies of the strategy can requested by telephoning 02890 320202 or by emailing equality@belfastycity.gov.uk

Lord Mayor, Councillor Daniel Baker pictured with Kenzie Haughey a pupil at Bunscoil Mhic Reachtain as they celebrate Irish Language Week at Belfast City Hall. Lord Mayor, Councillor Daniel Baker helps launch the new ‘Gaelic Maps of Belfast’ in Belfast City Hall as part of Irish Language Week with artist Andrew Whitson, Dr Frances Kane, QUB, Pat Mc Kay, Irish Language place name expert and Gordon Mc Coy, Tur