Irish speakers are being encouraged to take part in a number of #parkrunabú! events around the country this year, where they can wear their ‘Tá Gaeilge agam’ ( I speak Irish) wristbands. The first of these events is in Tramore, Co. Waterford on Saturday 23 February, where Run Director, Deirdre Chapman has volunteered her 13 year old son Josh, who attends the local Gaelcholáiste to give the briefing in Irish!
For a full list of dates, read more here.
Following some very successful events last year, Oireachtas na Gaeilge have teamed up with a number of parkruns again this year for #parkrunabú! where Irish speakers are made particularly welcome. The idea grew out of an initiative where Irish speaking parkrunners were encouraged to wear wristbands with ‘Tá Gaeilge agam’ (I Speak Irish) , so that they could identify other Irish speakers and chat to them during parkrun. Such was the demand for these that Oireachtas invited parkruns to host Irish language friendly events. In 2019 there will be nine such events throughout the country
Irish Language app – ‘Tolg go 5k’
For those who are not already parkrunners, Oireachtas have developed a free Irish language app, ‘Tolg go 5k’ (Couch to 5k), so invite your Irish speaking friends to give it a go!
Benefits to parkruns
#parkrunabú! events bring lots of benefits to local parkruns. Lisa Kennedy, Run Director for Carlow Town parkrun, recalls her experience last year.
‘It was an excellent event, so many people have come up to me to say how great it was. From our parkrun perspective, it wasn’t just about the numbers, it was about working with another community within our local area and giving a parkrun welcome to a wider group of people, who possibly never considered doing it or even had heard of parkrun. It was something different for our regular volunteers and participants too!’
For local Irish language organisations, it provides them with another platform from which to promote the Irish language and attract new members and participants in their activities. So it’s a win win all around! For further information, or to order a free ‘Tá Gaeilge agam’ wristband, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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