10 December 1998 Edition

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New group to boost Irish language

The Waterfront Hall is the venue today (Thursday) for the launch of Pobal, the new umbrella organisation for the Irish language community in Belfast.

Pobal aims to promote ``all aspects of the development of the Irish language within an inclusive framework''. This new grouping will allow the Irish language community to develop coherent strategies, create a forum for discussion between Irish language groups and liaise with the new structures created by the Good Friday Agreement.

The new group encompasses Gaelgoiri who are connected to every strand of the Irish language community in Belast, most importantly those involved in nursery, primary and secondary schools.

The weekly newspaper La, the employment agency Forbairt Feirste, the Irish language drama group Aisling Ghearr and many other elements of the Irish language community have committed themselves to Pobal.

North Belfast man Cathal Goan, head of the Irish language TV station TnaG, will be the main speaker at the launch.

The event will be in bilingual format and is open to the public and the media. Speakers will be discussing the challenges and opportunities facing the Irish language community, particularly in the wake of the Good Friday Agreement.

The launch of Pobal will take place at 11am. Music, refreshments and snacks will be available.

For more information about Pobal contact Caomhin at Belfast 438597 or Janet at Belfast 600626.

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