Tyrone-based Irish language groups Pobal ar a’n Iúl and Glór an Tearmainn are happy to announce that they will be supporting Féile Pheadar Joe, which will take place at An Creagán Visitor Centre. This year’s festival will take place between 16 – 23 October 2016 and a wide range of events have been planned during the festival.
Peadar Joe Haughey was one of the last native Irish speakers in County Tyrone, and for the past 8 years his grandson Francie Clarke has been diligently organising the Peadar Joe Haughey Summer School, a weekend celebrating the life and legacy of Peadar Joe and others through a range of cultural and music events. Last year Pobal ar a’n Iúl, the local branch of Conradh na Gaeilge (the Gaelic League) came on board to provide extra events with the support of Foras na Gaeilge. These events were extremely successful and the branch will once more be taking part in the festival, along with Glór an Tearmainn, an Irish language umbrella group for Carrickmore, Creggan and Lochmacrory.
This year’s events will include a one day intensive course for Irish language learners, a course in written accuracy and a lecture on local woman Alice Milligan, Methodist, writer, poet and Nationalist. Everyone, whether native speakers, learners or those with only a cúpla focal will have the chance to have fun through the medium of Irish and through music and culture.
Among the highlights of the festival will be a guided bus trip around some of the most notable areas in relation to the Irish language.
Of course, the usual events of the Summer School will be carrying on as well, including a hill walk, and the Gaeltacht Singing Night with Sean-Nós singers from different Gaeltacht areas including Jimmy Ó Ceannabháin and Corn Uí Riada winner Lillis Ó Laoire and an open music session on Saturday night which attracts musicians from far and wide.
Sinéad Ní Mhearnóg, Chairperson of Pobal ar a’n Iúl said, “We are delighted to link up with the the Peadar Joe Haughey Festival again after the success of last year. We hope that the whole community, young and old, will enjoy the festival.”
Proinsias Ó Cléirigh, founder of the Peadar Joe Haughey Summer School said, “This project was a labour of love, to welcome, share and enjoy, and to set aside space each year to build links. Among those who have praised the project are figures as diverse as Liam Ó Cuinneagáin, Director of Oideas Gael Gleann Cholm Cille, and the late Rev Dr Eric Culberton, Clerical Vicar of Armagh Church of Ireland Cathedral. I am delighted with the new structure, and that Féile Pheadair Joe now has the support and space to expand.”
For further information on all the events, get in contact with An Creagán or Pobal ar a’n Iúl.