Could You Speak As Gaeilge For 24 Hours?

Here's how you can get involved.

Whether you’re fluent, go to a Gaelscoil or just have a cupla focal that you speak with your friends, Gaeilge 24 could be a fun challenge to set next month.

Gaeilge24 is the biggest Irish language event this side of the school year, and it’s expected that 30,000 students in 300 schools across 32 counties – as well as groups overseas – will take part.

The idea is pretty simple, you speak Irish for 24 hours with friends, family and in all other areas of your life.

The event, organised by Conradh na Gaeilge takes place on Tuesday, 10 November 2020.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Conradh na Gaeilge will be running online events that you can take part in – a HIIT session, a yoga class, meditation and a huge tráth na gceist to help you complete the challenge.

There are also many events that can be organised with social distancing still in place, many of which have been recommended by the Gaeilge24 team on social media over the past few days – showing films in Irish, composing or translating Irish songs and much more.

Yu Ming is supporting the campaign this year and he plans to speak Irish for the day after gaining fame in ‘Yu Ming Is Ainm Dom’ several years ago.

Students are asked to speak Irish not only at school and with their teachers and classmates but at home, at the shops and local businesses and with friends.

Students will raise funds to pay for the support packs they receive on the day, and all profits go towards Conradh na Gaeilge’s charity work to promote the Irish language across Ireland.

The Irish language community around the world has the opportunity to take part in the challenge online by using the hashtag #Gaeilge24 on Twitter and Instagram. There’s less than a week to register, with it closing on October 22nd.

Whether it’s your whole school, you and your siblings, or a group of friends on zoom, you can register here.