A plan to introduce the Irish language into the community of Ballinrobe is well underway.
On foot of a consultation process conducted six years ago, Ballinrobe was selected as a possible Gaeltacht Service Town. The selection of Ballinrobe is, however, conditional on a language plan being agreed with the community of Ballinrobe in accordance with the prescribed language planning criteria under the Gaeltacht Act, 2012. Foras na Gaeilge will administer the process.
A number of residents, including Sara Horan, Sheena Duffy, Denise Horan and Monica Horan have been busy working on the plan. In order to gauge local interest, a public meeting will take place tonight (Monday) at 7pm, hosted by Foras na Gaeilge, to which the people of Ballinrobe and surrounding areas are invited.
The group explained that following on from the consultation process, they believe Ballinrobe and its surrounding areas are perfectly placed for the introduction of the plan.
The town of Ballinrobe is adjacent to the Gaeltacht area of Dúiche Sheoigheach and Tuar Mhic Éadaigh and it plays a significant role in relation to providing public services and recreational, social and commercial facilities to the Gaeltacht community. The purpose of the Gaeltacht Act is to identify how to foster and reinforce the positive impact Gaeltacht Service Towns can have on the Irish language as the community and family language of the Gaeltacht.
If you are interested in joining the meeting to hear about the next steps in the process and how you can become involved, simply register for the event via https://baileanroba-bsg.eventbrite.ie or email: email@example.com.