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Taoiseach Launches Bliain na Gaeilge 2018

Following on from the success of the Ireland 2016: Centenary Programme, An Teanga Bheo, and in view of the fact that 2018 marks the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the language revival movement by Conradh na Gaeilge, Bliain na Gaeilge 2018 is seen now as a timely initiative to celebrate the Irish language, both nationally and internationally.

20171220 Launch BnaG

Pictured above are Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh with An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, with radio and television presenters: Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh, Eoghan McDermott, and Lynette Fay. 

A year-long programme of creative, artistic and community activities and events is being planned to celebrate the Irish language and to encourage increased participation in the language.   The programme, with President Michael D. Higgins as Patron, will recognise and reflect on the achievements of the past, but will also focus on the vibrancy of the language to increase its usage, positive image and visibility.