Irish Language Association of Australia
The Irish Language Association of Australia (Irish: Cumann Gaeilge na hAstráile) was formally registered as a legal entity on 7 May 1993 in order to further the use of the Irish language in south-eastern Australia and organise weekly gatherings for conversation or classes in Melbourne, Victoria. The Association also runs a yearly Irish language summer school (Daonscoil Victoria).
The Association had its immediate origins in various Irish language classes run in the inner suburbs of Melbourne in the 1980s, supplemented by an Irish language program broadcast by the Special Broadcasting Service. The demand for regular classes led to the founding of the Association in 1992. Several venues were tried and the Association’s business is now done in the Melbourne Celtic Club.
The chief aims of the Association are to encourage people to learn Irish and to create an Irish speaking community in Australia.
Its long-term aim is to have the Irish language included as an official subject in the Victorian secondary school curriculum and to encourage the teaching of the language at tertiary level as a unit for a BA in Irish Studies.
The first Victorian Irish language summer school in Victoria (now called Daonscoil Victoria) was held in November 1995. (A New South Wales school started in January 1993.) It is now held in January in a forest site close to Bacchus Marsh, and has an average attendance of 50 students, with language classes supplemented by music, dancing and singing.
- Noone 2012, p. 153
- Ó Scanláin 2009, pp. 294-5
- Noone 2012, pp. 156-7
Ó Scanláin, Muiris (2009). An Mám ó Dheas. An Sagart