Bringing the cupla focal to Uncle Sam
THE Irish pub and the pint of porter have been great global exports and now the Government hopes that the Gaeltacht concept will follow suit.
Up to €660,000 for language assistants has been provided by the Government to boost Irish in the United States, where it is also hoped "mini Gaeltacht" areas can be established.
The money is being rolled out over three years to the Fulbright Commission, the official academic exchange programme, to promote the language in the US at university level.
The announcement comes just a day after Gaeltacht Affairs Minister Eamon O Cuiv said Irish-speaking expatriates should set up Gaeltacht areas abroad.
Mr O Cuiv said the State was already helping to fund projects that promote the language in local overseas communities -- and said there was a pub in the US where everyone spoke Irish.