Building for the future
Pól Ó Muirí
Tionscadal 16 is a joint fund-raising project between two Irish-language groups, Fondúireacht na Gaeilge and Conradh na Gaeilge, which aims to raise €10 million before 2016 and to establish an Irish National Cultural Centre (Lárionad Náisiúnta na Gaeilge) in Dublin city centre. Launched on Monday, the group want the centre built in time to commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising and to provide cultural and social activities through Irish for fluent Irish speakers and learners. Tionscadal 16 describe the venture as being “the biggest voluntary project that the Irish speaking community has undertaken to date”.
General-Secretary of Conradh na Gaeilge, Julian de Spáinn, said: “The public has great respect and affection for our national language, even those people who only have a few words of Irish. That is why Seachtain na Gaeilge, for example, is such a success. Frequently however, I hear people saying that it’s a pity that there isn’t some enjoyable way for them to continue the effort they make in Seachtain na Gaeilge. That shows me that that the public will support Tionscadal 16 with whatever donation they can afford. Today however, I ask specifically that profitable businesses with a young target market pay attention to the public’s empathy with the Irish language, and give a generous donation.”