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Irish Language Group Visits Scotland

A group of young Armagh Gaels have just returned from an enjoyable and educational visit to meet their Celtic cousins in the highlands and islands of Scotland. The group, who are involved in CAIRDE Teo radio project Raidió Mhacha, visited the Gaelic speaking region of Scotland on the Isle of Skye to make a bilingual Irish and Scots Gaelic language radio programme with a number of young Gaelic speakers on the island and to forge a link with local community radio station Cuilinn FM. The Armagh contingent have spent the past number of months brushing up on their radio production skills and interviewing techniques, while making a number of programmes to broadcast on Armagh’s new online bilingual radio station, Raidió Mhacha. The group were joined on the trip by project tutor Edel Ní Churraoin, from Belfast-based Irish language community radio station Raidió Fáilte and Seán Ó Maoilsté, Irish language development officer with CAIRDE Teo.

As well as visiting the radio station, the group met a number of Gaelic language organisations in Port Rìgh, or Portree, which is the main town on the island, and interviewed a number of Gàidhlig speakers about the importance of the language for island life and their hopes for the future growth of the language. The young people learned about the role of organisations such as Feisean nan Gàidheal to promote the language amongst children and young people and shared ideas about how the two language communities in Ireland and in Scotland could learn from one another. As well as the language, the Armagh Gaels learned of the similarities between the two communities, including Irish and Scottish music, Irish and highland dance and the sports of hurling and shinty.

The youth group from CAIRDE Teo also paid a quick visit to capital of the highlands, Inverness, where they received a tour of the beautiful city and met up with a number of people interested in the Scots Gaelic culture. Inverness is home to a Gaelic-medium secondary school and many of the young Gàidhlig speakers were busy preparing for a Gaelic language drama festival, similar to one hosted in the Marketplace Theatre in early March.  The Armagh Irish speakers also learned some basic Scottish Gaelic phrases to help them recognise the different pronunciations and words used in the Scottish version of the Gaelic language. The young people hope to build on the success of the Scottish visit by developing a bilingual series of programmes focusing on the music and traditions of Scotland and Ireland.

Speaking on his return from the Scottish trip, Máirtín Mac an Bheatha, a Year 9 student at St Patrick’s Grammar School Armagh and former student at Bunscoil na mBráithre Críostaí said, “We really enjoyed the trip and learned a lot about the similarities between our own language and Scottish Gaelic. We also learned that the people on Skye play a version of hurling and their music is very similar to ours as well.” Luíseach Ní Thréinfhir is a Year 13 student at the Irish medium unit of St Catherine’s College, “We met a number of young Gaelic speakers in Port Rìgh and spoke about the two languages, the similar cultures and employment opportunities. We also visited the local radio station and shared ideas on how Cuilinn FM may attract young people to make more Gaelic language programmes.” Tiarnán Mac Gabhann, a Year 13 student at Abbey Grammar School, who is also a member of Armagh Pipers Club enjoyed the trip, “It was great to meet with young Gaelic speakers on the Isle of Skye and in Inverness. Armagh Pipers Club has a long association with Gaelic Scotland and there have been many exchanges over the years. I play hurling with Keady Lámh Dhearg and I was very interested to hear about shinty and especially the coverage that Cuilinn FM give to the sport.”

The Scottish trip was organised by local Irish language social enterprise, CAIRDE Teo, as part of their skills development programme for young Irish speakers. CAIRDE Teo are grateful to Colmcille, a partnership between Foras na Gaeilge and Bòrd na Gàidhlig to promote the use of Irish Gaelic and Scottish Gaeilic in Ireland and Scotland and between the two countries, who gave part-funding for the project and to Raidió Fáilte for all of their help with the Raidió Mhacha training programme over the past year.

Running for the Irish language

Hundreds of Irish speakers and supporters of the language ran through the streets of Armagh on Saturday, when the national relay fun run Rith 2016 visited the city. The run, which will visit each of the 32 counties in Ireland, aims to raise the profile of the Irish language across the country. The run, which commenced in County Kildare on 4 March and finished outside the GPO on O’Connell Street in Dublin on 14 March, saw thousands of people taking part, carrying a baton containing a message from Irish President, Mícheál D. Ó hUiginn.

The Armagh leg of the run got underway at the Pearse Óg social club with representatives from CAIRDE Teo, Pearse Óg GFC, Drumarg Community Association, St Patrick’s Grammar School, Cú Chullain hurling club, St Brigid’s camogie club and Armagh Harps GFC making their way through the town. The Gaels of Armagh were also joined by students from Gaelcholáiste Chill Dara who travelled from Kildare to take part in the run. As the runners made their way through
the city centre with plenty of noise and colour on show, shoppers, customers and business owners came out onto the street to cheer them on. The run finished up at Armagh Harps social club, where a traditional music session was held featuring the members of Ciorcal Comhrá Ard Mhacha.
The Armagh leg of the run was organised by local community organisation CAIRDE Teo, who would like to thank all of the stewards and the groups for taking part. The legs of the Armagh run were sponsored by Armagh GAA, Cairde Teo and Gael Linn. All money raised from the run will go towards helping Irish language projects throughout Ireland.

New bilingual local magazine set for Easter Launch

The ‘Glór 2016’ local studies magazine, a bilingual publication to mark the centenary of the Rising, will be on sale in the Chapel Street Gaeláras in Newry from midday Saturday 26th March.  Two key articles in the magazine will examine the split in the Gaelic League in Dundalk in 1915, when the IRB effectively politicised the organisation and thereby alienated Douglas Hyde, and a feature which looks at the language movement in Newry as the cradle of radical, advanced nationalism in the town.  The magazine however, while it has political content given the year that’s in it, also encompasses many voices on a diverse range of topics: Old Newry items (Canal Street and Water Street reflections); interviews with women (a Poor Clare nun, a former political prisoner, a worker in the gasworks); an account of a 1916 local shipping disaster; a detailed, wide-ranging article, with photographs, of the revival of Irish Dancing in the town; reminiscences on Rann na Feirste in the 1930s; poetry and review; Irish language events; Republican resistance in Newry in the 1950s; an interview with ex-internee Gerry Mackey; the Schools’ Folklore Collection 1930s; the importance of the Proclamation for Newry’s lgbt community; Protestant Origins of Republicanism in Newry; Saint Brigid’s Shrine, Faughart; a tribute to Aodh Ó Luaois/Harry Lewis, Camloch, and another one to Brian Campbell, Newry; Newry place-names; the post-famine decline of Irish in South Armagh; the founding of the Catholic Boy Scouts in the town; musings on 1916…  Writers include Dr. Pádraig Ó Tiarnaigh, Niall Comer, Paddy Traynor; Dr. John Mc Cavitt, Ciarán Mac Murchaidh; Éamon Mac an tSaoir; Seán Óg Mac an tSaoir; Dr. Séamus Mac an tSaoir; Damian Mc Kevitt; Séamus Mac Dhaibhéid; Deirdre Frame; Mícheal Mac Ardghail; Eoghan Ó Coinn; Seán Patterson; Breandán Ó Luaois; Lábhras Ó Brolcháin; Martin Hearty; John Duffy; Benny Mc Kay. For those who remember, or collected the magazines at the time, “Glór 2016” is modelled on the “Cuisle na nGael” bilingual template which proved very popular in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Commenting on the ‘Glór 2016’ commemorative venture, John Stewart, who is Chair of Coiste na Cásca in Newry, said: ‘The magazine includes a number of authentic narratives from ordinary Newry people, some of whom are Irish speakers.  Molaim an obair seo mar tá sé tábhachtach i gcónaí guth na ndaoine a chloisteáil.  It’s a bumper edition and very good value at an expected selling price of £5. We can expect from the Gaelic League Exhibition itself (Aspects of Nationalism in Newry), which also runs at the Gaeláras over the Easter period, the usual eclectic mix of recordings (Orange & Green), images, prison art, and rare print materials.  Visitors will be encouraged to make up their own minds on aspects of our shared local history. Mo chomhairle féin, ná caill é/Don’t miss it. ”

The magazine is being published by Craobh an Iúir de Chonradh na Gaeilge who were recently selected as Best Branch in Ulster at the Gaelic League Ard Fheis held in Trinity College Dublin.

1916 exhibition in Piarsaigh Óga

The Conradh na Gaeilge exhibition ‘The 1916 Easter Rising and the Irish Language Revival’ will be on show at Pearse Óg’s Social Club on Monday 29 February and Tuesday 1 March. There will be a special showing of the film Mise Éire at 7pm on the Tuesday evening and everyone is welcome.


1916 exhibition at Armagh Harps

The Conradh na Gaeilge exhibition ‘The 1916 Easter Rising and the Irish Language Revival’ will be on show at Armagh Harps’ Social Club on Wednesday 2 March and Thursday 3 March. There will be a special 1916-themed bilingual quiz at 7pm on the Wednesday evening and everyone is welcome.


First Walk Of The Year

Armagh and Tyrone’s bilingual walking group Siúil are ready to embark on a new year of hillwalks, which gets underway on Saturday 30 January at the scenic surrounds of Banagher Glen. This beautiful walk makes its way through one of the oldest ancient oak woodlands in Ireland and meets the Altnaheglish Dam and the Banagher Dam. The steep sides of the glens are covered by mature trees, mostly oak and ash, with an understory of rowan, hazel, hawthorn and holly. Ferns and mosses also thrive in damp shady nooks along the river banks.

Banagher Glen is located near Dungiven and participants will be meeting up at the carpark in Stewartstown at 10am to travel together to meet at the starting point at the nature reserve at 11am. The walk at Banagher Glen will be the first of a series of walks for this year, which will include the Mourne Mountains, the Sperrins, the Cooleys, the Donegal hills and Slemish. The group would welcome new members to come along and enjoy the walks, which take place right across province of Ulster and further afield. If you would like further information on the Siúil agroup, you can contact Seán 028 3751 5229.

Turas go Baile Átha Cliath 15.02.14

1660376_585715764845300_1527319205_nBeidh muid ag eagrú turais go Baile Átha Cliath De Sathairn 15 Feabhra do na páistí atá ag freastal ar an chlub Gaeilge ag an Phláinéadlann. Cuirfear fáilte roimh thuismitheoirí agus teaghlaigh fosta ach beidh na cúntóirí ón chlub Gaeilge linn fosta. Beidh an bus ag imeacht as Ard Mhacha ar 9.30am. Beidh turas treoraithe i nGaeilge thart ar Iarsmalann na Leipreachán an mhaidin sin. Iarrtar lón pac…áilte a ghlacadh. Beidh muid ag dul chuig an lá teaghlaigh Gaeilge i mBaile Átha Cliath ar a 2 atá á eagrú le tacú le cearta phobal na Gaeilge. Beidh ceolchoirm ann le Seo Linn, Kíla agus leis Na Fíréin, chomh maith le haghaidhphéinteáil agus neart imeachtaí do pháistí agus do dhaoine óga. Táille don lá ar fad £5 an pháiste agus £8 do dhaoine fásta. Stopfaidh muid fá choinne bia ar an bhealach abhaile agus beidh muid ar ais in Ard Mhacha ar 6pm. Ní mór an táille a íoc roimh an Aoine seo, an 7 Feabhra le d’áit ar an bhus a dheimhniú. Cuir scairt ar Seán 028 3751 5229 nó buail isteach chuig an siopa Cult Úr thuas staighre sa Eurospar.
untitledWe are organising a trip to Dublin on Saturday 15 February for the children who are currently attending the Irish language club at the Planetarium. Parents and families are also welcome, but there will also be helpers from the Irish language club to supervise the children. The bus will leave from the Armagh City Hotel at 9.30am sharp. We have arranged an Irish language guided tour of the Leprechau…n Museum that morning. You are asked to bring packed lunches. We will be going to the Irish language family fun day at 2pm, which has been organised to support the rights of the Irish language community. There will be a concert featuring Seo Linn, Kíla and Na Fíréin, as well as facepainting and plenty of activities for children and young people. The price for the trip is £5 per child and £8 for adults. We will stop on the way home for a bite to eat and we will be back in Ard Mhacha at 6pm. Payment must be received by this Friday 7 February to confirm your place on the bus. Contact Seán 028 3751 5229 or call into the Cult Úr shop upstairs in the Eurospar.

Club Gaeilge ag Pláinéadlann Ard Mhacha

483642_419592908124254_1537649526_nTá an spásaire Chris Hadfield ar chamchuairt in Éirinn faoi láthair. Bhí sé in Ard Mhacha Dé Domhnaigh agus d’fhreagair sé ceisteanna a chuir na daoine óga, Tiarnán Ó Mórdha ó Bhunscoil Ard Mhacha san áireamh. Bhain Tiarnán cóip shínithe de leabhar Chris as an cheist is fearr a chur ar an lá. Thug an spásaire cuairt ar Bhun Abhann Dalla, áit ar chleacht sé a chuid iománaíochta agus d’imigh as sin le Gaeilge a fhoghlaim ó pháistí na Gaelscoile i mBun Chranncha. Bhí mír ar Bharrscéalta an Mháirt fán Ghael speisialta seo. TiarnánMar a tharlaíonn, beidh club Gaeilge ag tosú ar an Aoine seo i bPláinéadlann Ard Mhacha. Tá an club a reachtáil ag CAIRDE Teo le cúpla bliain anois le deis a thabhairt do pháistí Gaelscoile foghlaim faoin domhain, faoi na pláinéid eile agus faoi Bhealach na Bó Finne. Mairfidh an club ceithre sheachtain le neart cluichí agus imeachtaí speisialta ar siúl agus níl amhras ar bith ann ach go mbeadh Chris Hadfield féin iontach bródúil go bhfuil Gaeil Ard Mhacha ag spreagadh na bpáistí le suim a chur sa réalteolaíocht. Tá ceangal dlúth idir an réalteolaíocht agus an Ghaeilge in Ard Mhacha agus bíonn seónna sa phláinéadlann i mBéarla agus i nGaeilge araon.


GearóidCommander Chris Hadfield is currently on a tour of Ireland. He visited Armagh on Sunday and answered questions from the children who attended the event in the planetarium, including Tiarnán Ó Mórdha from Bunscoil Ard Mhacha. Tiarnán won a signed copy of Commander Hadfield’s autobiography for asking the best question on the day. Commander Hadfield then went on to Cushendall, where he tried out his hurling skills and he also visited the Gaelscoil in Buncrana, where the children taught him some Irish. Tuesday morning’s edition of Barrscéalta on Raidió na Gaeltachta included a feature about this inspirational Gael from Canada. Meanwhile, Armagh Planetarium will be hosting an Irish language club, which starts back on Friday. The club has been organised by CAIRDE Teo for the past two years to offer children from Gaelscoileanna the opportunity to learn about the earth, other planets and the Milky Way. The club will last for four weeks with plenty of Irish language games and activities and there is no doubt that Commander Chris Hadfield would be extremely proud of the Gaels of Armagh who are encouraging Irish speaking children to take an interest in astronomy. There is a strong relationship between astronomy and the Irish language in the city, with Armagh Planetarium offering shows in both Irish and English.

Chris Hadfield Iomáint

Féile Scoildrámaíochta an Iúir

Ba mhian le rúnaí Fhéile an Iúir den Fhéile Scoildrámaíochta cuireadh a chur ar mhúinteoirí gearrdhráma a chur isteach ar Fhéile Scoildrámaíochta an Iúir 2014. Bíonn daltaí ar gach aois (4-11 agus 11-18) ag glacadh páirte san fhéile seo atá ar an fhód ó 1977. Bíonn roinn faoi leith ann fosta do na hÓgchumainn. Beidh an Fhéile ar siúl i Halla na Cathrach, Iúr Chinn Trá, Aoine 7 Márta 2014. Maireann na drámaí idir 15 agus 30 bomaite. Bíonn ranna ar leith sa chomórtas le cothrom féinne a thabhairt do gach léiriú sa dóigh is nach mbíonn scoil bheag san iomaíocht le scoil mhór srl.

Léirítear na drámaí as Gaeilge ar ndóigh. Tá roinnt scripteanna ag an Chumann a fhóireann do gach aoisghrúpa agus beidh comhairle agus cuidiú le fáil má tá múinteoir / scoil ag léiriú suime san Fhéile. Cuirtear fáilte faoi leith roimh scripteanna nuascríofa. Bíonn £50 ann don script nuascríofa is fearr gach bliain.

Má éiríonn le dráma ainmniúchán a ghnothú ag Féile an Iúir rachaidh an dráma ar aghaidh chuig Féile Uladh a bheas in Amharclann an Ghrianáin, Leitir Ceanainn 20-21 Márta 2014. Ar an dul chéanna, má éiríonn le dráma ainmniúchán a ghnothú ag Féile Uladh rachaidh an dráma ar aghaidh chuig an Fhéile Náisiúnta a bheas in Amharclann an Bhaile Mhóir, An Muileann gCearr, 2-4 / 7-9 Aibreán 2014. 

Ba chóir foirm iontrála – ceangailte (leagan leictreonach / cruachóip) a chur chugam ag an seoladh thuas roimh an Aoine 21 Feabhra 2014. Ná bíodh leisce ar bith ort teagmháil a dhéanamh liom má bhíonn ceist nó cuidiú de dhíth.

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