A DINGLE woman has been appointed to the helm of Ireland's biggest international Irish Language festival, Seachtain na Gaeilge, which will take place from March 4-17 in 2013.
Brenda Ní Ghairbhí (28), a native of Dingle and a former Meánscoil na Toirbhirte student, has been appointed the manager for the Irish Language festival.
The West Kerry woman, who holds a degree in commerce and Irish from University College, Cork, previously worked as an Office Executive with Conradh na Gaeilge and was very involved in the relay race and biennial festival for the Irish language Rith 2010 and Rith 2012.
Brenda was appointed Acting Manager of Seachtain na Gaeilge last year and will now take up the huge responsibility as the full-time Manager of Seachtain na Gaeilge.
"I'm delighted with the appointment, there's a lot of responsibility and it's definitely very challenging," Brenda told The Kerryman this week, "but when you see all the work and energy that so many groups - mostly voluntary and schools - put into organising events every year for Seachtain na Gaeilge it really motivates you.
"It's really rewarding too when you see the results of all the work come together during the festival," she added.
Seachtain na Gaeilge will be encouraging primary and secondary schools, community groups, libraries and other organisations to coordinate Irish-language events and register them before January 25, 2013 in time for next year's festival.
"The Seachtain na Gaeilge celebrations have gone from strength to strength with every passing year," said Brenda, "there were over 800 events registered on SnaG.ie last year alone. Events took place in every county in Ireland and also in Australia, Canada and the USA."
Seachtain na Gaeilge 2013 will also be at the heart of Bliain na Gaeilge and The Gathering Ireland festivities next year.