Minister Chats To Break Irish World Record

Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has taken part in a world record attempt to have the longest Irish language conversation ever.

Comhrá 24/7 is being organised by Irish language group Conradh na Gaeilge as part of the Bliain na Gaeilge 2013 campaign and is running until 6 October.

One hundred and sixty eight groups are required to participate in the 24/7 conversation to break the world record.
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Speaking from Stormont, where the Minister facilitated a conversation circle with St Dominic’s Grammar School and Cólaiste Feirste, she said: "This is an innovative way to encourage people to speak Irish and I am very happy to be part of it.

"Here at Stormont, across Belfast, throughout Ireland and indeed across the world gaeilgeoiri are taking part in this fun attempt to break the world record," she said.

"A non-stop interactive global conversation spanning a week like this has never taken place before in Irish.

"As a nation of talkers I’m sure we will do our best to be record-breakers and in the process we can all practice our Irish. Languages will only thrive if they are spoken and that is one of the reasons I established Líofa which is a campaign to get people fluent in Irish by 2015."


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