City invited to second Líofa celebrations this weekend

A celebration will be held in Guildhall Square this weekend to mark the second anniversary of a campaign to increase fluency in Irish.

The Líofa campaign was launched by Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín in September 2011 and more than 4,000 people have signed up to date.

It aims to encourage more people to learn and become fluent in the Irish language and offers support and resources to learners.

Minister Ní Chuilín has invited as many people as possible to come along and join in the celebration sin the city on Saturday between 1pm and 4pm.

“I am delighted that Líofa’s second birthday is being held here in Derry, the City of Culture. The rich cultural and linguistic heritage on this island is something we all share and can celebrate.

“I initially launched Líofa in September 2011 as a means of bringing people together and helping them to either learn or improve their Irish. Essentially what we asked people to do was to make a promise that they would work towards learning or improving their Irish. Over the past two years we have revised the target for the number of sign-ups and we are now way beyond the initial target of 1,000. Well over 4,000 people have made that promise,” she said.

The minister also explained that the celebrations will include traditional music and children’s entertainment.