Book launch Ag Cur Chun Fónaimh: Údarás na Gaeltachta ó 1980 i leith 6 December 2023 – Posted in: Book launch – Tags: ,




Cló Iar-Chonnacht, Údarás na Gaeltachta, and University of Galway cordially invite you to join us for an event when Alan Esslemont, Director General of TG4, will launch


Ag Cur Chun Fónaimh: Údarás na Gaeltachta ó 1980 i leith

edited by Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh and Breandán Mac Suibhne


Guest speakers

Tomás Ó Síocháin, Chief Executive of Údarás na Gaeltachta

Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President of University of Galway

Chair: Susan Folan, Acadamh na hOllscolaiochta Gaeilge


Stiúideo Cuan

an Spidéal,

Thursday, December 14 at 7:00 pm


Since the inception of the state, there has been an ongoing discourse concerning the preservation and enhancement of the Gaeltacht, and the concept of assigning this responsibility to a specific organisation. This laudable intention lapsed for a considerable period until the establishment of Gaeltarra Éireann in 1958. Its primary objective was to foster the development of both traditional rural industries and new sectors within the Gaeltacht. As time advanced, Gaeltarra’s purview broadened. However, towards the close of the sixties, community leaders in the Gaeltacht advocated for a more robust and inclusive institution, one that integrated a strong democratic element. In answer to this demand, Údarás na Gaeltachta emerged as an exceptional initiative aimed at realising the state’s significant social and cultural objectives.

The Editors

GEARÓID Ó TUATHAIGH, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Galway. He is known for his extensive publications delving into the historical evolution of language in Ireland and the circumstances within the Gaeltacht. He co-edited ‘Pobal na Gaeltachta a Scéal agus a Dhán’ (2000).

BRENDÁN MAC SUIBHNE, a historian at the University of Galway, also serves as the student director at Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge. He is the author of ‘The End of Outrage’ (2017) and, alongside David Dickson, collaborated as an editor on Hugh Donan’s work, ‘The Outer Edge of Ulster’ (2000, 2001).



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