Bilingual Status for Galway – Statement from Cathaoirleach Ghaillimh le Gaeilge, Dr Iognáid Ó Muircheartaigh

Iggy Ó Muircheartaigh, Cathaoirleach Ghaillimh le Gaeilge said:

“It is a fitting tribute to the Irish language in Galway City that Uachtarán na hÉireann, Micheál D. Ó hUigínn  is officiating at a ceremony in Galway City Council to celebrate ‘Cathair na Gaillimhe/The City of Galway’ as a Bilingual City.


From left to right: Gearóidín Hynes, Gaillimh le Gaeilge, Caitlín Nic an Ultaigh, Stiúrthóir Ghaillimh le Gaeilge, Iggy Ó Muircheartaigh, Cathaoirleach Ghaillimh le Gaeilge, Uachtarán na hÉireann, Micheál D. Ó hUigínn, Bríd Ní Chonghóile, Gaillimh le Gaeilge, Pádraig Ó Beaglaoich, Stiúrthóir Ghaillimh le Gaeilge and President of the Galway Chamber, Frank Greene.

Bilingual status will future proof the Irish language in the City and it validates the economic and cultural impact of the language. For Galway City, the Gaeltacht has had an ongoing effect on its cultural and linguistic identity. It also benefits economically from its location near the largest Gaeltacht in the country. Worth over €136 million annually to Galway City and County, Irish also offers visitors to the Wild Atlantic Way a unique opportunity to hear and engage with the language as used by Galwegians in their daily lives. The Irish language also plays an important role in creating Galway’s vibrant atmosphere and reputation as a city of culture and the widespread use of ‘an Ghaeilge’ has helped to earn her place on the shortlist for the European City of Culture 2020.

Bilingual status for Galway has been a primary aim of Gaillimh le Gaeilge as we strive to promote the Irish language in the city. I would like to express my gratitude to Méara Chathair na Gaillimhe, an comhairleoir Frank Fahy for pursuing this aim and to Galway City Councillors for their support through the years. Also deserving our praise is the CEO of Galway City Council, Brendan McGrath.  We are looking forward to the road ahead, as Galway city carves a reputation locally, nationally and internationally as a city with special bilingual status.”


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