Also known in English as The Gaelic League, Conradh na Gaeilge was founded on the 31st of July 1893 and continues to be the democratic forum for the Irish-speaking community to this day. Its main aim is to reinstate Irish as the common language of Ireland. From raising awareness to advocating for language rights, CNAG works on behalf of Irish speakers and Gaeltacht communities throughout Ireland and around the world, with 180 branches.
One of the most interesting projects created by Conradh na Gaeilge is Cultúr Club.
Cultúr Club is a collective title for a variety of exciting and innovative initiatives being developed by Conradh na Gaeilge to help foster a stronger sense of Irish identity, especially among the Irish abroad. These initiatives aim to assist local communities in everything from running language rights campaigns and youth workshops to organising cultural events for all age-groups through Irish.
In Spring 2018 I’ve been contacted by Síne Nic an Ailí, Director of Cultúr Club, to design three booklets full of activities for kids of three different age groups and also the branding of the project. It has been incredible to be part of such a project and work with a brilliant woman like Síne!
Here there is the branding presentation of Cultúr Club. Find out more about Cultúr Club here.
“I worked with Elena on an Irish-language and culture project called Cultúr Club in the summer of 2018. Together, we created three workbooks for children of the diaspora aged 6 – 16 over a period of two months. The sheer volume of the work – 30 pages for age group A, 56 pages for age group B, and 80 pages for age group C – neither fazed nor deterred Elena from the project, and is a testament to her unwavering work ethic.
From the get-go, she brought incredible creativity and a cohesive artistic vision to the project. Despite not speaking Irish herself, Elena’s energy and enthusiasm for Cultúr Club was infectious, and she put huge heart and personal investment into the work. The educational activities she designed based on my very specific requirements were inspired, while the artwork she weaved throughout the materials was vibrant, engaging, and full of character.
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Elena and I can honestly say that without her, the Cultúr Club worksheets would never have made it to the printers on time. Despite the pressures involved, her attention to detail was unstinting and she was exceptionally generous with both her time and her patience in the various editing phases.
She went above and beyond all my expectations, was exceedingly flexible and easy to work with, and I am delighted with the resulting workbooks we produced. I hope to get the chance to collaborate with Elena again soon, and would recommend her unreservedly to anyone looking for a designer of fun, interesting, and simply gorgeous educational materials.”
Síne Nic an Ailí
Stiúrthóir | Director, Cultúr Club
Conradh na Gaeilge