Webinar Recording: Language in a health crisis: navigating Covid-19 in a multilingual Ireland

The latest webinar in our COVID-19 Response Group series, Language in a health crisis: navigating Covid-19 in a multilingual Ireland took place on July 2nd, 2020.

An audio recording of the session may also be found on the Moore Institute’s Soundcloud.

Webinar Overview

This webinar addresses key sociolinguistic dimensions of the Covid-19 crisis in Ireland, looking at Irish and immigrant languages. Panellists will explore challenges posed by the crisis for speech and language therapy services and EAL (English as an additional language) provision; the role of the state in providing public health information in languages other than English; and surprising opportunities that have emerged in terms of home language maintenance and language learning.

This event is an initiative of the Centre for Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism (CALM) in the Moore Institute.


  • Stanislava Antonijevic (NUI Galway)
  • Annie Asgard (Claddagh National School, Galway City)
  • Cassie Smith-Christmas (NUI Galway)
  • John Walsh (NUI Galway)

Chair: Laura McLoughlin (NUI Galway)

The session was broadcast live via Zoom, the Moore Institute’s Facebook page, and on Flirt FM.

About the Series

This webinar is part of a series developed through the Moore Institute’s COVID-19 Response Group. Video and audio recordings of the previous sessions are available on the group’s webpage.