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Bláthú funding in ’23 – Ionad Naomh Pádraig Dobhar

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 Ionad Naomh Pádraig using the scheme’s funding. Ionad Naomh Pádraig is located in Dore, Bunbeg Co. Donegal. They provide a wide range and variety of events and opportunities to their own community and further afield. Through the Bláthú grant, they were able to provide sessions in storytelling, music, singing, rhymes and art for their parent and toddler group which is attended by a mixture of parents and grandparents in the area. Máire Uí Chómhaill, centre manager in Ionad Naomh Pádraig said ‘We were able to encourage and inspire families who attended these social events to further promote the use of Irish here and at home, through stories, music and rhymes they learnt. They really enjoyed all of these events’. 

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. This is just a sample of events with one group that wouldn’t have taken place without the support of Bláthú.

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