Armagh Gaels are gearing up for another jam-packed fortnight of events for the annual Irish language Seachtain na Gaeilge festival. The festival will get underway in Armagh on Monday 29 February when the bilingual exhibition by Conradh na Gaeilge on the role of the Irish language in the Easter Rising of 1916 comes to the city. The exhibition will be housed in the Pearse Óg social club on Monday and Tuesday and there will also be a film showing of Mise Éire to coincide with the exhibition at 7pm on the 1 March at Pearse Óg. The exhibition will then move to Armagh Harps social club on Wedneday 2 March and a 1916-themed bilingual quiz will be held at 7.30pm. The exhibition will remain at the Harps club on Thursday 3 March. There will be a special bilingual tour of Armagh Gaol at 6.30pm on Friday 4 March, The annual Ulster GAA Irish language quiz will take place that evening from 8pm in the Ceannáras building at the Athletic Grounds.
The new online Irish langauge radio station Raidió Mhacha will be launched at 4pm on Monday 7 March in St Catherine’s College. The young people involved in the project have been working hard over the past few months to finish their radio programmes before the launch. That same evening at 6pm, Armagh GAA will launch Seachtain na Gaeilge in the Athletic Grounds. There will be special Seachtain na Gaeilge sessions with Comhrá is Craic at Embers and Ciorcal Comhrá Ard Mhacha in the Station Bar on 8 March. Gerry Oates will be giving an Irish language talk on the Gaelic surnames of Armagh on Wednesday 9 March at 7pm in St Catherine’s College. The Ulster final of the Irish language schools drama competition Fhéile Scoildrámaíochta will take place in the Marketplace Theatre on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 March and Armagh Gaels are invited to come and watch the best young actors from right across the province.
Saturday 12 March will provide one of the highlights of th festival with the national Irish language fun run visiting the city. The Armagh leg of Rith 2016 will begin at 4pm at Pearse Óg Social Club, making its way through the town centre and finishing off at Armagh Harps social club. Later that same evening, there will be a multi-cultural celebration for Seachtain na Gaeilge at the clubhouse at Armagh Golf Club in conjunction with the local Bulgarian, Lithuanian and Polish communities. The annual commemoration of famous local raparee Séamus Mór Mac Murchaidh will take place at 12 noon on Sunday 13 March in the Hole in the Wall bar. Armagh GAA will also have a special celebration for Seachtain na Gaeilge at the Athletic Grounds’ double header in the Allianz Leagues, when the hurlers take on Meath at 12.45 and the footballers take on Galway at 2.30pm.
The annual Irish language poetry and conversation competition Feis Ard Mhacha will take place in the Marketplace Theatre on Monday 14 March and on Tuesday 15 March. There will be an official launch of the commencement of the Aonach Mhacha building project at 1.30pm in the Marketplace Theatre. On St Patrick’s Day itself, there will be an Irish language mass in the cathedral at 9am and a bilingual service in the Church of Ireland cathedral at 10am. At midday, Cairde Teo will be taking out our newly-built currach on the Blackwater, a currach which is currently being built with Lough Neagh Boating Heritage Association in Maghery. On Saturday 19 March, the Seachtain na Gaeilge programme of events will be brought to a closure with an extravaganza concert featuring none other than Moya Brennan from Clannad in the Marketplace Theatre from 8pm.
For further information on the Armagh events during Seachtain na Gaeilge conctact Seán on 028 3751 5229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.