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Orange and GAA event promoted Irish fluency drive

  • by Kevin Mullan
 

A MAJOR cross-community event in Londonderry organised by the Grand Orange Lodge and the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) was used by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) to promote its drive to get 5000 people speaking Irish fluently by 2015.

Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said young people from Protestant and Catholic schools in Londonderry were involved in the event.

She explained: “Líofa recently took part in a major cross-community event in Derry organised by the Grand Orange Lodge and the GAA to bring together young people from Protestant and Catholic schools to explore our cultural richness through sharing and learning.”

She said it was used to encourage unionists to take up Irish, saying: “Such events provide a good opportunity to promote Líofa to all communities.”

She was asked about Líofa initiatives in unionist communities at Stormont.

 

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