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Saturday 19 October 2019

#HaveYourSay: Would you be able to communicate effectively for 24 hours using Irish?

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Over 30,000 students face the challenge of only speaking Irish for a total of 24 hours tomorrow.

More than 320 schools will take part in the challenge for this year's Gaeilge24 challenge, coordinated by Conradh na Gaeilge.

For the first time ever, at least one school in each of the 32 counties in Ireland will be involved.

President of Conradh na Gaeilge Dr Niall Comer said the challenge aims to give young people a positive experience with the language.

"The Gaeilge24 challenge helps to open the minds of young people to the language in a relevant and enjoyable way, and gives them a positive experience of using Irish in their own lives,” says Dr Comer said.

"We have students the length and breadth of Ireland all taking part in Conradh na Gaeilge’s latest Gaeilge24 challenge, from primary schools and post-primary schools, English-medium and Irish-medium schools, Gaeltacht schools and non-Gaeltacht schools.

"More importantly, it is the Gaeilge24 participants themselves – the students – that promote and spread the use of the Irish language within their own communities, encouraging other people to talk to them in Irish and supporting all those around them to use whatever few words of Irish that they might have throughout the day."

The students raise money to pay for the support packs that they receive on the day, and any profit from the day goes towards the registered charity Conradh na Gaeilge to support the promotion of Irish throughout Ireland.

It is now the fifth year of the challenge. Every student involved will receive a certificate of achievement.

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