left

15: Events 2003 - 2012

The first decade was a difficult perios for the Association. Membership continued to fall and activities were limited because of lack of people capable and prepared to carry them out. However not everything was neagtive. The Association began to use new technology such the internet and social media.  Regular meetings in Dublin were more interesting because of the presence of people from abroad living for a time in Irelandj.  Several people visited Ireland using the Pasport Service.

2003:  This year a new committee was elected.  Liam Kirk became honorary presidento on account of this long service for the Esperanto movement in Ireland.  The Chairman was Lorcan MacMeanmain; Secretary/Treasurer Joy Davies; Information: Maire Mullarney; Librarian: Christopher Fettes; Members: T. Hayden, K. Keable, G, McKay, D. O’hEalaith.

Notoices about Esperanto appeared in the consequitive issues of ‘Cara’, the official magazine of the airline Aer Lingus, provided on all aircraft. Regretfully it attacted no new members. Several members of the Association attended the World Congress in Sweden.

2004:  For three weeks in April an exhibition on Esperanto was shown in the library of the biblioteko of the ILAC Centre in Dublin.  It contained posters on sereral aspects of the Esperanto Movement in Ireland and abroad.  From time to time Maire Mullarney spent a number of hours in the library to answer questions. Two free lectures were also given in the library.   Maire Mullarney spoke on lifelong learningi and Girvan McKay spoke on langauge problems in the European Union and hwo the introduction of Esperanto as a bridge language would reduce costs.

A new book by Maire Mullarney was published, ‘Maire Mullarney argues about language’, a collection of lectures which she had made over the course of recent years.

2005:  An exhibirtion was held in Tullamore, using the materials prepared for the previous year's exhibition.

Daithi O’hEalaith set up a discussion group in 'Yahoo groups’ and published there information each month on the Saturday Circle.

2006:  ‘Irish Examiner’ newspaper published an article on Esperanto, which resulted in a radio interview with Dr Sean O’Riain.   Girvan McKay published an English language translation of the 'Infana Raso' (Infant Race) by William Auld om the website opf the then Esperanto Literature Academy.  He also translated it into Scottish and Scottish Gaelic. The members of the Association attended the World Congress in Florence.

2007:  Christopher Fettes took on the role of chief delegate in Ireland for UEA, the World Esperanto Association.

2008:  This was a very sad year for the Association as it saw the death of  Mortis Liam Kirk and Maire Mullarney.  Both were faithful members and worked very hard for the Esperanto Movement in Ireland.

In a popular radio programme Dr Sean O’Riain was interviewed about the current state of the Irish language.  In the interview he mentioned Esperanto and how much its use as a first foreign language makes subsequent learning of other languiages easier..

Although little took place in Ireland, members look part in international events. Three attened the World Congress in Rotterdam, tweo Scottish congress and one the Internation Esperanto Youth Congress and the Catalan Congress.  The Association launched its owen page on the social wensite Ipernity, which people abroad had begun using for Esperanto communications.

2009:  The Association was somewhat inactive.  There were regular meetings of the ‘Saturday Circle’ but with few participants.

2010:  This year was the 100th Issue of Nova Irlanda Esperantisto (New Irish Esperantist), officiala buletin of the Association, edited by Joy Davies.  In addition to the usual various items there were special articles by Girvan and Maire McKay.

2011:  En printempo Domenique Vieira, brazilano loĝanta en Dublino, instruis kurson ĉe Siomra Spraoi ĉiusemajne dum 6 semajnoj.  La lernantoj estis plejparte eksterlandanoj portempe loĝantaj en Dublino, sed je la fino de la kurso restis nur unu.  Post somera paŭzo ni rekomencis la kurson sed ĉifoje estis nur unu lernanto, kiu bone lernis kaj restis ĝis la fino de la kurso en novembro.

Nome de la Tullamora Esperanto-Grupo, Maire McKay plantis arbon en la urba parko en Tullamore por datreveno de Amnestio Internacia.

2012:  La plej grava evento ĉi-jare estis la Kongreso de Eŭropa Esperanto-Unio en Galivo.  La Urbestro de Galivo ĉeestis la malfermon kaj bonvenigis la prtoprenantojn, kaj aperis artikoloj en lokaj ĵurnaloj.  La afero estis aranĝita de profesia turisma firmao, kaj estis tre sukcesa.  Membroj de EAI helpis pri tradukado kaj ĉiĉeronado.

Ĉi-jare, la unuan fojon, esperantisto partoprenis la marato-konkurson en Dublino.  Marco Trevisan antaŭe loĝis en Dublino kelkajn jarojn kaj estis membro de EAI.  Li loĝis tiam en Hispanio sed revenis al Irlando por la konkurso.

La retpaĝaro estis renovigita kun pli moderna aspekto kaj pli riĉa enhavo. Je la jarfino la Asocio kreis propran pagon en la retejo Facebook, kies ĉefa medio estas havebla ankaŭ en Esperanto.

 

Reiro al la Enhavo