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25 Apr 2016

Armagh City’s only Irish language cultural enterprise, CAIRDE Teo, has received numerous accolades and plaudits since its establishment in 2009. Fêted in recent years by politicians, academics, sportspeople, celebrities and even Uachtarán na hÉireann, Michael D Higgins, the group has won many awards and prizes for their pioneering work in promoting community development through the Irish language and culture.

To celebrate their 7th anniversary, CAIRDE Teo has gone for a promotional makeover. Enlisting the services of the Benburb-based website development company, Website NI, the community based company has revamped its entire website in order to showcase its forward-looking and ambitious programme of activities and events, designed to broaden the appeal of the Irish language in Armagh City and surrounding area.

CAIRDE Teo has built up a broad range of partnerships with cultural agencies, schools, sporting clubs, heritage associations, community organisations, musical and theatrical groups throughout the 32 counties of Ireland. They now offer a year round programme of activities including language courses, training, residentials, family days, outdoor activities, summer camps, work experience and lots, lots more.

Thanks to part-funding from Foras na Gaeilge’s ‘Scéim Tacaíochta Gnó 2016’ (2016 Business Support Scheme), CAIRDE Teo has been able to both enhance the signage and window graphics in their charity shop ‘Cultúr’ and to upgrade their website to an eye-catching ‘shopfront’ for their myriad activities.

Safron Thomas, Client Advisor with Website NI, explained:
“After some initial consultations with the CAIRDE Teo team, it was clear that they wanted to focus on improving and redesigning the overall look and feel of their website, to modernise it, to make it accessible and engaging to users and to incorporate an online radio station streaming functionality. With a significant corpus of video material from TV news stations, the group were also keen to incorporate a ‘CAIRDE TV’ function within the website.

“Our main goals in creating the new CAIRDE website were: (i) to engage the community through the Irish Language; (ii) to keep relevant organisations up to date with CAIRDE Teo’s work in the local community in a positive and engaging way; (iii) to showcase the organisation’s projects and services; (iv) to promote the physical shop – ‘Cultúr’; and (v) to promote the new radio station – Raidió Mhacha. We hope that we have been successful in meeting our client’s needs with their new website presence”.

Strategic Development Officer with the group, Gearóid Ó Machail expressed gratitude on behalf of the not-for-profit, community enterprise:

“Website NI is a professional organisation with a solid team of 13 designers and developers with over 40 years combined experience in the industry. We worked in close partnership with the design and production team to ensure that our new website not only looks great, but it is closely aligned with our overall strategic objectives. Safron (Client Advisor), Gareth (Web Developer) and Paul (Web Designer) were extremely responsive to our ideas and offered creative solutions on each occasion that we presented material for the new site. Their back-up services are fantastic and they have been very generous with their time and patience throughout. I’d also like to thank Foras na Gaeilge and ACDC Signs for their financial and material support. Finally I’d like to thank my colleagues Seán Ó Maoilsté, Máire Ní Phronntaigh and Caoimhe Ní Loingsigh for their invaluable input to the new look website”.