Carlingford set to turn into ‘mini-Gaeltacht’

A VILLAGE in Louth is set to be transformed into an Irish-speaking ‘mini-Gaeltacht’ as part of the celebrations for Heritage Week 2011.

A VILLAGE in Louth is set to be transformed into an Irish-speaking ‘mini-Gaeltacht’ as part of the celebrations for Heritage Week 2011.

The cultural initiative will see Carlingford adopt Gaeilge as its first language for the week running from August 21-28.

Locals and visitors are being urged to speak Irish in the medieval village, even if their knowledge only stretches to a cupla focal.

Frances Taylor, the Tourist Officer for Cooley and Carlingford, said there has been a very positive reaction to ‘The Irish Language and Life in the Middle Ages’ event.

“Visitors are urged to speak Irish while they are here. There will be signage in Irish and shopkeepers as well as local people will make every effort to speak in Irish to visitors,” she said.

“We are all very taken with the idea and we hope that there will be a marked increase in the use of the

Irish language as a result of this event.”

For more details visit Heritageweek.ie.