ork City Council are this year’s outright winner of Public Sector Magazine’s Promotion of the Irish Language Through Services Award 2016. The award was based primarily on the comprehensive range of activities and events through Irish provided during Culture Night 2016 but also on the consistent promotion of Irish language events and activities throughout the city and the council’s support of Irish language organisations and individuals across Cork City.
The Culture Night programme was put together by Cork City Council’s Grúpa Forbartha Gaeilge with the assistance of the Council’s Arts office and an t-Oireachtas. An Grúpa Forbartha Gaeilge (Irish Development Group) is a committee of Council made up of elected members and staff of Cork City Council who assess and support applications from organisations in the city.
Chris Dorgan, Cork City Council’s Irish Development Officer (Oifigeach Forbartha Gaeilge) outlines the ethos and focus of the group:
“We have been very fortunate in the past to have been in a position to assist, on a very modest budget, a large number of events, free of charge, through organisations in the city promoting greater visibility of Irish in the community. Among these have been Gael Taca’s Gradam, Padraig Uíi Chuanacháin, a competition held annually promoting the greater use of Irish language in signage and services in the general business community. We also supported Blackrock Castle Observatory’s Irish language programme, Cork City Libraries “Peann agus Pár” Irish language creative writing workshops and Daonphoblacht Chorcaí (People’s Republic of Cork) Irish language content on tourism information booths.
Commenting on the award and on the achievements of the Council Chief Executive, Ann Doherty said:
“We are honoured to have been chosen as this year’s recipient of this prestigious award and accept it on behalf of the wider Irish language community in the city and its environs”
Chris Dorgan, Irish Development Officer and Cllr. Tom O'Driscoll, Grúpa Forbartha Gaeilge