An Clár as Gaeilge - History

By the year 2000 it was clear that, to successfully run the range of events being organised by the Ennis branch of Conradh na Gaeilge, a more formal structure than a voluntary Committee would be required. So, with the help of FÁS and to Foras na Gaeilge, a central office was opened and a full time development officer employed and in 2002, the project was registered as a company limited by guarantee. Around the same time, Foras na Gaeilge was preparing a scheme to hire people at community level to promote Gailge in their local areas. The Ennis branch of Conradh na Gaeilge received permission to hire two officers and to rent offices under the Scéím Phobail Gaeilge, which was launched in 2003.

The aims or strategic objectives of An Clár as Gaeilge were:

  1. To Strengthen the status of Irish in the County
  2. To encourage an Irish language community in the county 
  3. To promote the respect of the youth for Irish 
  4. To strengthen the visibility of Irish in the county 
  5. To institute co-operation between state organizations, church and community to meet the needs of the Irish speaking public
  6. To support cultural tourism in the County

Documents relating to the above goals were submitted to Foras na Gaeilge and it accepted the submission as a pilot scheme for County Clare. The project is funded by Foras na Gaeilge. 


Three Community Schemes have been approved by Foras na Gaeilge for An Clár as Gaeilge since 2003 and an Action Plan has been developed by the Committee under the goals mentioned above. 

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