Wednesday 21 February 2018

Irish language to be celebrated in week-long event

Fingal County Council has launched an exciting programme of events for Seachtain na Gaeilge which includes a night of music and song in the Atrium County Hall Swords on March 7 and a wide range of events throughout the county.

The programme which includes events organised by the council and other groups within the county was launched by Deputy Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Eithne Loftus before a meeting of the Fingal County Council Coiste Gaeilge, recently.

The programme was compiled by Fingal County Council's Irish Language Officer, Bernie Kelly in association with Fingal County Council's Coiste Gaeilge (Irish Language Committee).

The Coiste Gaeilge chaired by Cllr Daire Ní Laoi brings together Fingal Council Staff and councillors and members of Irish language community groups with the aim or promoting the Irish language in the council and the county.

Among the events being organised by Fingal County Council are a traditional Music and Song with Antaine Ó Faracháin and Nollaig Mac Cárthaigh at The Atrium in County Hall on March 7, Celtic crafts for children at Rush and Balbriggan libraries, Bilingual story-telling in rush, Howth, Donabate and Swords libraries and lunchtime tours of Swords Castle.

There will also be a quiz night on March 15 and other events through Irish at Fingallians, an night of Irish poetry and a bilingual walk in Balbriggan and various Irish language conversation groups will be active across the county throughout this special week.

Speaking at the launch, Deputy Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Eithne Loftus said: 'I am delighted to launch such a varied programme with events for young and old across the whole county.'

Fingal County Council Chief Executive, Paul Reid said: 'I encourage the use of Irish within the council and look forward to the event in the Atrium County Hall where staff and members of the community can do this in a fun social setting.

'The events in our Libraries for Seachtain na Gaeilge are part of a huge range of library events throughout the year.'

Seachtain na Gaeilge is an international Irish language festival and one of the biggest celebrations of our native language and culture that takes place each year in Ireland and in many other countries.

Bernie Kelly, Irish Officer for Fingal County Council encouraged everyone to try and use a little Irish during Seachtain na Gaeilge and said: 'Everyone has some Irish and whether you can make it to one of these events or not try to use Irish in a fun way with your family and friends. Bain triail aisti - Give it a try.'

The full Seachtain na Gaeilge programme can be downloaded from

Fingal Independent

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