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Hector Ó h'Eochagáin with students from Colaiste íosagáin, Stillorgan

Hector Ó h'Eochagáin with students from Colaiste íosagáin, Stillorgan

Hector Ó h'Eochagáin with students from Colaiste íosagáin, Stillorgan

Gaelgoirs rejoice - tech giant Google has launched their popular email service in Irish.

As part of a 15-month project involving staff and Irish speakers in the US, Switzerland and Dublin, Gmail users will now be able to use the service as Gaeilge.

Hector O hEochagain was on hand to launch the service and said that it was a fantastic initiative.

"Anything that we can do to get people into the Irish conversation, to make it cooler or more relevant can only be great," he said. "You learn the language but you don't know what you're saying.

"A lot of people would have had the Irish bet into them in school and we have to get rid of that stigma,"he added.

The gaelgoir said that he is confident that the service would prove to be very popular, especially among young people.

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"We have a lot more Irish speakers than we give our selves credit for because they have gone through the primary schools as Gaeilge, the secondary schools and summer camps, so Gmail as Gaeilge is brilliant," he said.

"I think there are way more facilities for teachers to make the language cooler and anything that is enjoyable you will do again and again."

Irish language expert Micheal O Meachair from Trinity College Dublin said that the new feature would help to make people familiar with certain Irish words.

"A lot of it might be considered technical until you familiarise yourself with it and it will encourage people to communicate with each other in Irish through email as well," he said.

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