Irish-speakers from every corner of Ireland will be linking up with global Gaeilgeoirí (Irish speakers) in places as far-flung as Beijing, China; Sydney, Australia; California in the United States; Glasgow, Scotland; and Sheffield, England as part of the world-record attempt Comhrá 24/7, the longest continuous conversation in Irish ever, running around the world from 29 September – 6 October 2013.
Thanks to TG4, the Ladies’ Gaelic Football Association and the GAA’s Irish-language committee, the Comhrá 24/7 world-record attempt will be launched at the All-Ireland Ladies' Football Championship Finals in Croke Park, Dublin, at 1.30pm this coming Sunday, 29 September 2013.
Julian de Spáinn, Coordinator of the Comhrá 24/7 world-record attempt says: "We’re looking forward to realising an extraordinary achievement for the Irish language with Comhrá 24/7 next week. There has never before been a non-stop, week-long conversation online around the world, and we hope that Comhrá 24/7 inspires people to speak Irish - from Glasgow to Gaoth Dobhair, from Béal an Mhuirthead to Beijing, from Carntogher to California - for Bliain na Gaeilge 2013."
And an extraordinary achievement it will be – Comhrá 24/7 will broadcast live for the duration of the week online at www.gaeilge2013.ie/comhra247, and over 60 Irish-language groups are registered to take up different hour-long slots of the longest ever continuous Irish-language conversation. Comhrá 24/7 is encouraging Irish in local rural and urban communities, at home and abroad, in schools, in sports clubs, in nightclubs and even in houses of parliament.
An Garda Síochána and politicians north and south are taking part in the world-record attempt next week; the Líofa initiative are hosting a special event with students and Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure Carál Ní Chuilín MLA in Stormont on Monday (30 September 2013), while TDs and Senators will attend a special presentation through Irish to the Joint Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht in the Houses of the Oireachtas Thursday (3 October 2013).
The third level Irish-language societies are taking up the reins for the nightly broadcasts from Monday to Thursday, while Comhrá 24/7 will broadcast live from Club Chonradh na Gaeilge in Dublin Friday night and on the Raidió Rí-Rá chartstation via www.rrr.ie Saturday night. The world-record attempt will finish with a bang after midday on Sunday, 6 October 2013, as part of the Rights & Revelry / Cearta & Ceiliúradh celebrations in Belfast.
All the information on Comhrá 24/7 is on the Bliain na Gaeilge website at www.gaeilge2013.ie and you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org / +353 (0)1 4757401 if you would like to take part in this special world-record attempt.
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