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In 2023, €40,000 in funding was granted to 41 Irish language groups throughout the island of Ireland under the *Bláthú 2023 scheme run by Glór na nGael. Under this scheme, events, walks, classes and even trips from Santa himself were organised as Gaeilge.

Bláthú does not open every year, dependent on funding, but when it does it is aimed at Irish language groups who are registered with Glór na nGael. 
You can register your group with Glór na nGael for 2024 here

This week we are focusing on some of the great work that was done in the North East using the scheme’s funding, starting with one of the most northeasterly groups, Gaeil na nGlinnti, Bun Abhann Dalla in the Glens of Antrim. Playing with Lego through Irish provided them with a fun way for children to learn Irish and enjoy themselves at the same time. Watch this video!

With funding from Bláthú, groups affiliated with Glór na nGael get to experiment with fun ways to teach and use the Irish language. For example, social events with music and storytelling were organised around the Imbolc Festival, play-camps as Gaeilge were run at Easter and in the Autumn, music classes through Irish were held, plus a great day of storytelling, singing and crafts with families. These were just some of the events that wouldn’t have taken place in the North East without the support of Bláthú.


Irial Ó Ceallaigh
Oifigeach Forbartha – Rannóg Pobail

*Bláthú – blooming