Armagh Gaels turned out in force last Wednesday to join Cairde Teo in celebrating the second birthday of the popular Irish language and Celtic gift shop, Cult Úr. The Cult Úr shop, which operates as a not for profit social enterprise, has gone from strength to strength from moving to its current location at the front of the Armagh City Shopping Centre on Thomas Street in the city. The local Irish language community was joined by Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Lord Mayor, Councillor Garath Keating, to get the Christmas celebrations off to a great start.
Local musicians Adam Costa, Eoin Ó Ceallaigh, Aidan Prunty and Sárán Ó Machail provided the music on the night to add to the festive atmosphere. Those in attendance enjoyed mulled wine, mince pies and shortbread and the opportunity to meet up and relax in good company, and even to complete some last minute shopping. The indoor play area Hugglebugs was also a hive of activity as children from local Irish medium schools took over to finish the year on a high.
As the open night tied in with the end of the term of Irish classes, Cairde Teo’s Irish language officer, Seán Ó Maoilsté, took the opportunity to pay tribute to the teachers for all of their hard work throughout the year and to the youth leaders who organise the weekly Irish language youth club. A new term of evening classes gets underway again at St Catherine’s College in the new year on Wednesday 18 January with an intensive language course taking place in the Athletic Grounds on Saturday 21 January. The Irish medium youth club for children between Rang 4 and Rang 7 recommences on Thursday 19 January at the Sherry’s Field complex.