Thousands of people yesterday attended a march and street festival in Dublin to celebrate the Irish language .

Language and community groups, schools, college societies, sports clubs and families, as well as groups from Gaeltacht communities took part in "Beo, Gaelach agus Bródúil".

The event, which celebrated the achievements of the language during its revival in the last 125 years, was billed as one of the main events of Bliain na Gaeilge 2018.

The difficulties still facing the Irish language and the Gaeltacht were also highlighted at the event.

The Mayo Gaeltachtai are said to be “holding their own” in terms of job creation and the development of the Irish language. That’s the view of Erris based Udaras na Gaeltachta member Ian McAndrew.

While interest in using the native language nationally is growing, it remains more difficult to ensure its survival, he claims in some areas of the Gaeltachtai.

There is a new language plan for Erris being compiled at present to strengthen the language’s use in everyday life and he told Midwest News today that in some ways it’s “the last chance saloon” for its future in some areas.

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