Inspired by Fighting Words Chonamara which facilitates workshops where young people in primary and secondary schools can express their creativity though writing in Irish, Fighting Words Dhún na nGall aims to provide the same opportunity to children and teenagers in the North West. The initiative will be based in Leabharlann Phobail Ghaoth Dobhair and will be supported by Meitheal Pleanála an Iarthuaiscirt who promote the use of Irish in the Language Planning Area of Gaoth Dobhair, Anagaire, Rann na Feirste and Loch an Iúir. Workshops will follow the Fighting Words methodology and be supported by their practitioners and coordinators in Dublin. There is now a network of such Fighting Words groups spread across the country. The structure of the workshops allows for students to participate both orally and through writing, which aids accessibility. The fact that the workshops will take place in Irish will contribute to the strengthening of the language in the local community. It will also provide young people with the opportunity to use the language in a fun and creative way outside of the classroom where the focus is on the use of your imagination and grammar and punctuation are afterthoughts.
It is hoped that this engagement with writing whereby the young people themselves become authors will lead to increased reading as very often a love for writing and the development is accompanied by a desire to access the work of other writers to develop and hone your skills.
Please note that the details of events listed above are provided by the relevant Local Authorities.