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Líofa Momentum builds with roadshows in Belfast and Cookstown

17 January, 2012 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

The Culture Minister has brought the Líofa roadshow to Belfast and Cookstown in a bid to increase the numbers of people learning and speaking Irish.

Líofa means fluent in Irish and is aimed at encouraging people from all walks of life across the North to sign up to be fluent in Irish. The Minister launched the initiative in September 2011 and currently 1326 have taken up the Líofa challenge. This includes an additional 300 people who signed up over the Christmas and New Year period as the Minister launched a Liofa New Year resolution campaign.

Carál Ní Chuilín said: “I am personally greatly encouraged by the response to Líofa which is keeping me on track with my Irish language classes. The fantastic response shows the appeal of the language which is going beyond many barriers.

“Irish is one of the oldest written languages in the world. It is part of defining who we are. It is an essential part of the fabric of our society, our communities and our cultural identity. I want us to reach a position where the Irish language is learnt, spoken and enjoyed by people of all backgrounds and traditions.

“Learning a language can be hard work. I want people who have signed up to stay on track with me which is why I have asked my officials to consider how we can provide further assistance and encouragement to those engaged in the Liofa initiative.

“I am keen to ensure that those who have signed up to the Líofa challenge maintain their commitment to fluency.”

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