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2000-2009

In March 2000 Gael Linn opened a new café in Dawson Street, Dublin. It is was one of two Irish language cafés in Dublin where you could place your order through Irish.

The new millennium found Gael Linn once again in vibrant mode, shifting as always to meet the changing demands of the language. In 2000 also, a new Gael Linn education policy document was published, with some radical proposals for improving the teaching of the Irish language, especially at primary level.

Gael Linn withdrew from directly organising third level student debates, in favour of aiding and supporting student associations in various colleges to organise their own Irish language debates and other activities.

In 2000 also, Gael Linn brought the Irish language translation of Martin McDonagh's hit play, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, to the Samuel Beckett Theatre in Trinity College, Dublin, where it played to a packed house for five performances.

In September 2001 Gael Linn launched a new programme of cultural activities for schools.

There was a new and improved layout for the debating and radio programme competitions. There were two brand new activities, Coirm for national schools and Siansa for students under 19yrs old. This programme has proven to be a huge success and all the details are under Youth Activities.

 

In 2002 Gael Linn and Institiúid Teangeolaíochta Éireann launched a new course called Gaeilge agus Fáilte. It consists of a book and two tapes and aims to help adult learners of Irish.

Support Materials for teaching Irish
In the late 1980’s and 1990’s Gael Linn started publishing support materials for post-primary schools. These three titles, Dreimire, Staighre and Céim, have gone from strength to strength. As part of our progamme for the new millennium and arising from our Education Policy, published in May 2000, we decided to develop a broader range of support materials for teachers and learners at various levels. Our range now includes posters, primary school teaching kits and CD-Roms, with even more to follow.