Gaelscéal a step closer to publication
Pól Ó Muirí
Ciarán Dunbar (32) has been named as editor of Gaelscéal and the first issue of the weekly Irish-language paper is to appear Friday 26th March. Dunbar is a native of Co. Down and leaves the world of the freelance journalist behind him to take up his first job as editor. Speaking to him yesterday from the paper’s office in Galway, he was very upbeat about the publication, saying that there was a lot to do but a lot done and that there was great support available for the project. Work is progressing on the design, most of the full-time staff are now in situ and there had been much interest from people wishing to contribute. Project manager, Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, was also very positive about the “young team” the paper had recruited.
Be that as it may, no one could doubt the difficulties the fledging publication will face. The newspaper market is not in great shape at the moment and the challenges of selling a stand-alone publication in Irish are well known. Gaelscéal will have to do some serious marketing and publicity in the next few weeks to alert the Irish-speaking public to its arrival and to generate a bit of a buzz. Added to that is the fact that the paper must also publish an on-line edition for free – which could discourage people from buying it in the shops.
So, Friday 26th March is D-Day. No pressure at all!