Tuesday 18 September 2018

Fingal's 'Seachtain na Gaeilge' now on

Events celebrating the Irish language are run all over the county

Mayor of Fingal Cllr Mary McCamley, Bernie Kelly, Fingal Irish Officer, Fingal Chief Executive Paul Reid.
Mayor of Fingal Cllr Mary McCamley, Bernie Kelly, Fingal Irish Officer, Fingal Chief Executive Paul Reid.

John Manning

Seachtain na Gaeilge Irish Language Festival takes place from March 1 to 17 and Fingal County Council will be supporting and promoting this and organising a series of events around the county.

Mayor of Fingal Cllr. Mary McCamley launched the exciting and varied Fingal programme this week, with events happening in County Hall, in Local Libraries and in the Seamus Ennis Centre. Fingal County Council will also be promoting events organised by Irish Language groups throughout the county.

On Tuesday March 13, acclaimed musicians Cormac Begley and Eoghan O Ceannabháin will perform at an Oíche Cheoil agus Amhránaíochta (Evening of music and song) in the Atrium, County Hall, Swords from 7pm to 9pm. This free annual event is open to staff and the public and always proves very popular.

The film 'Song of Granite' comes to the Seamus Ennis Centre in the Naul on Thursday March 15 at 8.30pm. The film, in Irish with English subtitles, tells the story of internationally famous Sean Nós singer, Joe Heaney from Connemara and has received rave reviews and was nominated for an Oscar. It features performances from Colm Seoighe, Macdara Ó Fátharta, Jaren Cerf, Lisa O'Neill, Damien Dempsey, Seamus Begley and sean nós singers Micheál O'Confhaola and Pól Ó Ceannabháin.

Among the events organised by Fingal Libraries Sisters Mary Louise and Theresa O'Donnell will give a harp recital and sing traditional songs in a library near you. Anyone who attended their previous event regarding the Pearse Sisters will know this is one not to be missed.

Poet, playwright and screenwriter, Celia de Fréine, who writes in Irish and English will be giving a bilingual talk in Malahide on March 8. Celia will read from her work and discuss the challenges faced by today's poets and playwrights writing in a minority language.

There are numerous other events around the county from now until St Patrick's Day and speaking about programme of activities,

Mayor of Fingal Cllr. Mary McCamley said: 'I love to hear the Irish language spoken and look forward to attending some of these events, which as well as promoting the Language are also fun community activities.'

Paul Reid Chief executive of Fingal County Council said: 'We are committed to supporting the Irish Language and its use in the Fingal area. By providing training to staff and organising activities like these, we endeavour to improve the practical use of the language, including through the services we provide.

'I am particularly pleased that we are again using the Atrium in County Hall during Seachtain na Gaeilge, as it was intended, as a community space for all Fingal citizens.'

The full programme is at

Fingal Independent