Thursday 17 October 2019

Heritage preserved as Gaeilge

Promoting the Irish language in a fun way

Caitlín and Breandán MacLidicín at the Pop Up Gaeltacht in Mernagh’s Bar
Caitlín and Breandán MacLidicín at the Pop Up Gaeltacht in Mernagh’s Bar

Brendan Keane

Mernagh's Pub in Oylegate provided the venue for a very special Irish heritage night when it played host to a pop-up Gaeltacht this month.

The aim of the initiative was to allow people an opportunity to meet up in a relaxed and informal setting and engage with each other as Gaeilge.

A very laid back atmosphere prevailed on the night and people were happy to use whatever cupla focal they had to converse with each other.

As the organisers pointed out there was no pressure on anyone to be fluent speakers.

It was more about giving people a chance to recall whatever words of Irish they did have and part of the craic was trying to have conversations with each other in our native language.

A spokesperson for the organisers commented: 'The main aim is to give people an informal setting where they can meet and relax and use whatever bit of Gaeilge they have to converse with each other. '

Such was the success of the event that another pop-up Gaeltacht is now scheduled to take place in the same venue next month on October 4.

'Everyone in the community is invited to attend what could prove to be a very popular regular initiative.'

One of the organisers, Annie Hayden, spoke to this newspaper about the initiative and emphasised that there is no pressure on people to be able to speak fluent Irish.

'It's just about getting together, having fun and hopefully spreading use of the language,' she said.

People attending on the first night were given coloured wrists bands to indicate their level of Irish and this meant they were able to easily identify people who were at the same level as them.

The next night will see a trad session also taking place so it will be music, words and songs.

For updates visit the Gaeltacht Oylegate page.

Enniscorthy Guardian