A Week can be a long time as Gaeilge

Clare Champion, Friday, March 4, 2005

Clare’s Seachtain na Gaeilge will stretch out over almost two weeks this year and there are plenty of events to fill the time. Clare County Council, the Library Service, Clare Museum and Glór Irish Music Centre have teamed up to cater for people of all ages in events between this Saturday and St Patrick’s Day.

Emer Ní Fhlaitheartaigh, Irish language Development Officer with Clare County Council, said that the number of events taking place in the County this year is larger than any year previously.

For primary school pupils, there will be storytelling in all library branches. For second level students, the writer Ré O’Laighléis will be giving workshops on his work, Gafa, in libraries in Kilrush, Ennis, Ennistymon, Killaloe and Shannon. After conducting his workshop in Ennis on March 9, Mr O’Laighléis will launch an Irish language book promotion entitled Blúirín Gaeilge which will have details of Irish reading material available for children and adults.

In Clare Museum, there will be storytelling for pupils of first and second class and tours of the museum through Irish for pupils of fourth and fifth class at 10.00 am and 11.30 am, from March 7 to 11. There are only a few spaces left and if your school would like to take part, contact the museum on 065-6823382.

For people who are looking for lunchtime entertainment, there will be lectures on different topics in the museum on March 7, 8 and 11. Topics include the placenames of Clare, the life of Eamon Mac Lysaght and Michael Cusack.

On the part of the county council, there will be multi-cultural workshops in Kilrush in the Haven Arms on March 14 and the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis on March 15, commencing at 7.30 pm. These will involve dancing, music and singing from different countries to emphasise the importance of culture, and not just language.

In Glór Irish Music Centre, there will be Irish language short films. Yu Ming is anim dom and Clare sa Spéir will show on March 6 and 13 as part of the film club. Brionglóid Theatre Group stage Dún na mBan trí thine and Fáilte Romhat a Mháirtín on March 10 and 11 at 8.30 pm with a matinee on March 11 at 1.30 pm.

For further information, check out clarecoco.clare.ie or the Seachtain na Gaeilge website www.snag.ie.

Emer O'Fhlaitheartaigh, Irish Officer, Clare County Council and Alec Fleming, County Manager, at the launch of Seachtain na Gaeilge 2005 at Clare Museum

Emer O'Fhlaitheartaigh, Irish Officer, Clare County Council and
Alec Fleming, County Manager, at the launch of Seachtain na
Gaeilge 2005 at Clare Museum.

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