Last Wednesday, March 28, Bernard Dunne and the Bród (Pride) Clubbers took to the streets of Carrick-on-Shannon encouraging people to use their cúpla focal.
Former world boxing champion Bernard Dunne is heading up an ambitious nationwide campaign which aims to inspire 100,000 people to re-engage with the Irish language.
On his travels around the country Bernard was joined by racing pundit Tracy Piggott, iRadio presenter Barbara Nic Dhonnacha and eurovision star Donna McCaul. They also visited Kildare, Kilkenny, Athlone, Sligo, Galway and Ballinasloe.
Carrick-on-Shannon Chamber of Commerce were delighted to assist RTÉ’s the local Bród Club visit.
“When the production company contacted the Chamber office to say they were interested in filming in Carrick-on-Shannon, we were only too happy to connect the Bród crew with Múinteoir Rónán and the Comhrá Gaeilge class in Cryan’s Pub.
“There was a fantastic turn out, thanks to Mary Mostyn, Liam Cryan and many more, with trad musicians and a big delegation from Edwina Guckian’s Sean Nós ar an tSionann dancers. Bernard had great craic with everyone, and when the crowd (finally!) let him go, he and the crew repaired next door to the Oarsman for a meal.
“We’re now half way through the Bród Club campaign and I am deeply encouraged by the huge level of support that I’ve received so far,” said Bernard Dunne. “With e-mails from Australia, Canada and the US, to multi trends on twitter, to people on the streets all over Ireland using what Irish they have.
“It’s as simple as Dia Duit, Conas atá tú?, Go raibh maith agat. You don’t have to be fluent, just give it a go. You know more than you realise,” he said.
Figures released last week show that Leitrim people are showing their Bród and commitment to using whatever Irish they have to support Bernard Dunne’s Bród Club.
Co. Leitrim is in Division 3 on the Bród Club league table at number 19. You can sign up on www.rte.ie/brodclub. Bernard Dunne’s Bród Club, produced by Independent Pictures, is a six-part television series that’s broadcast on RTÉ One Mondays at 7.30pm.
Bernard Dunne’s Bród Club is unlike any other programme you’ve seen about the Irish language.
It is a multi-platform production which will include a highly active and innovative online campaign where people can sign up to give Irish a go.
Once signed up to The Bród Club, members will be plugged into an entire community of like-minded people, spinning off into a range of Facebook and Twitter conversations. This online social network will also give them access to a wide range of tools to help them use the Irish language in their everyday lives.
To sign up and register log onto Brod Club