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Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh TD, will officially launch Conradh na Gaeilge’s international Cultúr Club project on Wednesday, 3 October 2018. The first series of free Irish-language and culture activity books for children of the Irish diaspora are now available online at www.cnag.ie/culturclub.

The event at the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade’s Iveagh House Ballroom highlights the collaborative nature of the project, co-funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Emigrant Support Programme (ESP)and the Department for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht’s Scéimeanna Tacaíochta Pobail.

Niall Burgess, Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, will host the Cultúr Club launch as part of the Department’s programme of events for Bliain na Gaeilge 2018.

International Irish students from St. Andrew’s College in Booterstown, Co. Dublin will enjoy live music and take part in a calligraphy workshop as part of the launch, to showcase the variety of Cultúr Club workshops the project envisages can be run worldwide.

Welcoming the launch, Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon TD, said:

“The Government is committed to nurturing and sustaining Irish communities around the world, and Cultúr Club aims to help foster a stronger sense of Irish identity among diaspora of all ages. These initial activity books will help young Irish children connect with their language in a new and engaging way, no matter where in the world they are currently living.”

Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht & the Islands, Joe McHugh TD, said: “The Government is delighted to support Cultúr Club, a community-led project that ensures the unique language and cultural heritage of Ireland is passed on to future generations of young Irish people everywhere.

“I hope these Cultúr Club resources will be a valuable building block for everyone already doing Trojan work to promote Irish at home and abroad, sparking creativity and new ways of teaching Irish everywhere.”

The initial three Cultúr Club activity books cover 12 themes of Irishness and are aimed at children of the diaspora aged six to eight, nine to 12, and 13 – 16 years old. They were developed by Conradh na Gaeilge with a view to providing enough material for local facilitators to run monthly Cultúr Club workshops for children in their own area anywhere in the world.

Cultúr Club also includes step-by-step guidelines for teachers, parents, and other would-be workshop facilitators, as well as a database of useful resources and teaching materials.

Thanks to funding from the Embassy of Ireland in Canberra and the Consulate General of Ireland in Edinburgh, Conradh na Gaeilge is trialling the Cultúr Club activity books with a series of pilot schemes in Australia, New Zealand, and Great Britain to train local facilitators and collect feedback later this year.

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