Newsletter #49 July 2020

Deiseanna Duitse: new series of live online interviews to commence shortly

Gaelchultúr will be beginning the second series of interviews on Facebook Live called 'Deiseanna Duitse' in the coming weeks. Some of the guests we will be speaking with are Eimear Ní Bhroin, Language Affairs Officer with European Commission Representation in Ireland, Míchéal Ó Conaire a Principal Officer in the Department of Culture, Arts, Media, Tourisim, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Féilim Borland, an Executive Officer with the Revenue Commissioners who deals with translation technology, and Vivien Uíbh Eachach, Chief Translator in the Houses of the Oireachtas. In the weeks ahead, there will be further interviews with those working in the translation sector and on projects where the emphasis is on grammatical accuracy and high-level writing skills. The series will be presented by Éamonn Ó Dónaill, Gaelchultúr’s Director of Education, Eimear Ní Chinnéide, Irish Language Lecturer, and Derek O’Brien, Education Manager.

“The aim of these programmes is to make the public aware of the employment opportunities available in the Irish language and to motivate people to improve their skills in the language so that they can take advantage of those opportunities. The first series which broadcast last year was a huge success and we hope to build on that this year”, says Éamonn Ó Dónaill.

“In each programme either I or one of my colleagues, Derek O’Brien or Eimear Ní Chinnéide, will be speaking to people who work in positions in which the emphasis is on high-level language skills, and those watching the broadcasts will have a chance to ask them questions. A lot of opportunities are coming up these days but I feel that we in the Irish language community are not too effective when it comes to spreading the news about them and ‘Deiseanna Duitse’ is an attempt to tackle that particular problem. Last year, over 30,000 people tuned in to watch the whole series on our Facebook page and I have to say that we were extremely happy with that.”

Information about the programmes in the 'Deiseanna Duitse' series will be made available on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages on a regular basis, so anyone interested in Irish language employment opportunities should follow us there.

All of the interviews so far can be viewed on Gaelchultúr's Youtube channel or on our Facebook page and thousands of people have watched them so far. Over 7,000 people watched our interview with Aislínn McCrory, for example, who is Head of the European Commission's Irish Language Unit. That interview can be viewed below: