Sallins community group promotes native language

Survey: Most of us have some level of Irish

Paul O'Meara

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Sallins community group promotes native language

Ciarán McGinn, Bernie McGinn and Deirdre O'Connor at one of the weekly sesiúns at the Railway Inn

At least 40% of people living in the greater Naas area can communicate in Irish; although this figure rises to more than half in Two Mile House (57%).

Sult an Sollán, a Sallins-based group which promotes Irish language, music and culture, has assessed the level of Irish use in local towns including Naas.

The percentage of people who can converse in Irish is 40% in Sallins; 52% in Caragh; 47% in Johnstown and 42% in Kill.

In Naas the percentage figure is 42%.

This means that the number of people who can speak the language is more than 12,500 in Naas, Kill, Two Mile House, Johnstown and Caragh.

The numbers of people who speak Irish every day in all five areas is 500 and the figure for weekly usage rises to 670 — while the cumulative figure for the number of who never use the language is less than 100.

Sult is hoping to have an Irish language plan for County Kildare, which will be supported by Kildare County Council. The group resumes trad music evening at the Bridgewater Inn in Sallins on December 1 (9pm) and developing musicians can play with a band on Wednesdays (8.30 to 9.30pm) at Sallins parish hall.