Newletter #43: January 2019

Irish Language Events

Pop Up Gaeltacht: 31 Eanáir

The Pop Up Gaeltacht has been around for two years now but it seems Irish speakers still have an unquenchable thirst. They’ll be meeting in 57 The Headline on Clanbrassil Street at the end of this month to celebrate their new favourite tradition. For those who have yet to attend one, there is no need to worry – the Pop Up Gaeltacht gives a hearty welcome to all who come along.

REIC: 24 Eanáir

It’s cause for celebration that REIC is back after a short break last year and the next gathering will take place on Thursday, 24 January. REIC is a bilingual (and sometimes multilingual) spoken word and poetry event that Ciara Ní É founded in 2015 and it has been at the heart of the Irish language community since. You don’t have to take part on the night, but if you would like to you can send an email to

Have a look at their Facebook page to get a taste for what they’re about.

Féile Idirnáisiúnta Pan Cheilteach - Comórtas Amhrán Nua-Chumtha 2019

This is an annual competition to find the best newly composed song in Irish, which will then represent Ireland at the Pan Celtic International Song Contest 2019. The entrants will sing in the VISUAL and GB Shaw Theatre in Carlow on 23 March and the winner will then go on to the international competition, which will take place in Letterkenny between 23 – 28 April.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, 1 February and all styles of song are accepted.

You can get more information from Glór Cheatharlach on 087 2857048, 085 1340047 or by writing to

Best of luck!

Scoil Gheimhridh Chumann Merriman 2019: 25–27 Eanáir

The Cumann Merriman Winter School has been run every year since 1969, over the weekend closest to St Bridget’s Day. The aim of the organisation is to promote interest in the famous poet, Brian Merriman, as well as the history and traditions of Thomond, an ancient district in Munster.

The weekend covers a wide range of Irish language events, including book launches, hikes, dancing and singing, which ensures that there’s something there for everyone.

Weekend tickets cost €60 and you can find the full schedule for the School here.

Further information is available from