Seachtain na Gaeilge 2018 is well underway now and, despite a few events being postponed recently due to the bad weather, the Irish language community will still have plenty of opportunities to celebrate the language. Here is a taste of the kind of events you can take part in in the next nine days:
It’s easy to visit Dublin, or even live there, and see only a small portion of the treasures and history it has to offer. Based in the heart of the city, the National Library is a beautiful building full of magic and visitors will get a chance to learn of its architecture, heritage and material through Irish at 3.00pm on the 10 March. The tour will finish up with a visit to its wonderful Reading Room. This is a chance to learn about the Library itself and to practise your Irish, in an informal way.
You can find out more about this particular event here.
If you are in Dublin next week and would like to get a taste of the richness of Irish poetry, pop into Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, at 6.00pm on Wednesday, 14 March. Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, who has received international acclaim for her poetry, and Dairena Ní Chinnéide, writer in residence in DCU, will read from their work on the night, and they will be introduced by fellow poet Theo Dorgan, a former director of Poetry Ireland.
The event is being organised by Poetry Ireland, in partnership with the Franco-Irish Literary Festival, and is open to all. Tickets are free of charge, but it would be worth your while to book in advance here.
It’s said that you can happen upon an Irish person in any corner of the world and it seems that will be true for Irish speakers soon enough! If you’re a Gaeilgeoir wandering around eastern Europe, it’s worth keeping an eye on what Koło Naukowe Celtologii (Institute of Polish and Cultural Studies) are up to. This is the seventh time they will be taking part in Seachtain na Gaeilge and events will be focused on school pupils and young learners this year to encourage them to take an interest in the history, folklore and culture of Ireland.
Further information can be found here.