In July this year, Gaelchultúr launched a series of interviews on Facebook Live called “Deiseanna Duitse” and the final episode will be broadcast soon. The aim of the series is to circulate information about employment opportunities in the Irish-language sector for those who have excellent language skills.
More than 20,000 people have viewed the programmes on Gaelchultúr’s Facebook page since the first one was broadcast at the beginning of July.
Each week, guest speakers are interviewed and they give advice on the best way to set out in a career with Irish in their field. Eight guests who work in a variety of sectors – translation, interpreting, lexicography and publishing, among others - have taken part in “Deiseanna Duitse” to date. Here are the people that the presenters of the series, Éamonn Ó Dónaill and Derek O’Brien, have spoken to so far:
• Seosamh Ó Murchú, Senior Editor with an Gúm
• Susan Folan, a freelance conference interpreter (senior grade) in the EU institutions
• Aislínn McCrory, Head of the Irish Language Translation Unit in the European Commission
• Vivian Uíbh Eachach, Chief Translator in the Houses of the Oireachtas
• Fionnuala Croker, Press Officer with the European Parliament in Ireland
• Seán Hade, Head of the Irish Language Unit in the Council of the European Union
• Dr Pádraig Ó Mianáin, Editor of the new English-Irish dictionary
• Micheál Ó Conaire from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
• Róisín Ní Bhaoill, Proof-reader with the Publications Office of the European Union in Luxembourg and
• Fionnuala Murphy from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
All of the speakers gave a comprehensive insight into careers with Irish in their own field and they gave valuable advice to those who want to work in such sectors, sectors in which there is a great emphasis on language accuracy. Those who were watching the programmes live had the opportunity to ask the guest speakers questions and to get further information about the opportunities that were mentioned.
The final programme of the series will be broadcast on Tuesday, 10 September. In this interview Éamonn Ó Dónaill will be talking to Fionnuala Nic Pháidín and Eimear Kennedy, two lecturers with Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr, who will speak about the ways in which they improved their own language skills and about their own employment opportunities thus far.
“We are delighted that the series has been very successful and that we were able to inform people about the employment opportunities available through Irish,” said Éamonn Ó Dónaill. “We hope that our guests motivated the audience and that they now want to improve their own language skills and go out in search of the employment opportunities we discussed.”
Although the series “Deiseanna Duitse” is coming to an end this month, the valuable discussions about Irish matters will not end there. Keep an eye out for the new project that the Gaelchultúr staff have on the horizon to distribute more information and to create further links within the Irish language community.