Council launches virtual programme for Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia 2021
1st March 2021
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has outlined details of the programme of Irish language activities and events to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia 2021 which runs this year from 1 March – 17 March with online events taking place across the district.
Seachtain na Gaeilge is an annual worldwide celebration of the Irish language.
Speaking at the online launch of the programme, the Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Diana Armstrong, said;
“Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has organised an extensive online programme of events to mark Seachtain na Gaeilge including talks, day courses and taster sessions which will give residents and visitors alike an opportunity to experience the rich heritage and range of the Irish language.”
This year, for the first time, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council set aside dedicated funding to support community efforts to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia 2021 and the different projects within the community will be showcased over the next few weeks.
The programme of events commences on Tuesday 2 March 2021 with a taster session for those who wish to learn about the language. The hour-long online session provides an introduction to the language, and will explore some of its rich heritage and history.
Roslea Shamrock’s GFC will host an Irish Language based art competition for local primary school children on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 March. This competition joins art, sport and Gaeilge for a thoroughly enjoyable mix.
Newtownbutler Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann will present a night filled with ceol agus craic to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge on Wednesday 3 March. Sit back, relax and enjoy a mixture of traditional Irish music, spoken language and culture. Musicians are all local with a range of young and old talent.
Friday 5 March will see a panel of Irish Language learners of varying levels of proficiency discussing their learning journeys in “Mo Thuras Teanga” the first in a series of 4 talks during Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia 2021 during which you can follow the language journey of local learners from Fermanagh, Tyrone and Monaghan. This series is being presented in partnership with Múineachán le Gaeilge.
The second talk of the series will be given by Ciaran Prunty, as he discusses the history of the Irish Language in Tyrone on Monday 8 March, while the following night, , Tuesday 9 March 2021, Dr Nioclás Mac Cathmhaoil will outline Fermanagh’s links to Irish Language literature pre 1800. The final talk in the series will take place on Monday 15 March and will take the form of a panel discussion with guests from The Northern Ireland Place Name Project.
On Saturday 6 March Fermanagh and Omagh District Council will host a Dianchúrsa /one day intensive course for Beginner, intermediate and advanced learners.
Loch Mhic Ruairi GFC will host the first of their 2 events on Sunday 7 March with Biongó – An online bingo with plenty of prizes to be won! This event is suitable for all age groups and abilities. There will be craic agus banter.
An Charraig Mhór Naomh Colmcille CLG host Mark Harte on Thursday 11 March. Marc Harte is a commentator with TG4 and will discuss the Irish language and how it is used in sports commentary.
A second taster session for those interested in learning about the language will be held on Tuesday 9 March.
Dromore GFC will host a Lá Gaelach, with a Dianchúrsa/ Intensive day course followed by an action packed evening of entertainment with a Townland talk with Pat McKay, Bingo and music from Dromore CCÉ.
Belleek CCÉ will host an online Seisiún Ceoil on Saturday 13 March This Seisiún includes traditional music, song and dance performed by members of Belleek CCÉ in West Fermanagh. All artists are long standing members of the branch and learned much of their music and song from the rich local cultural heritage.
CLG Cill Náille Naomh Muire Cill na Laisreach will host Oíche Gaelach on Saturday 13 March showcasing the richness of the language in the placenames and in the heritage of the Irish Language. An evening of song, poems, stories and fun.
Loch Mhic Ruairi GFC’s second event will be on Sunday 14 March with a Tráth na gCeist – A quiz to coincide with our virtual quizzes fortnightly however this one will be based on the promotion of the Irish Language and our culture. It will have a lot of questions based on Patrick and his legacy. Suitable for all ages and abilities.
For further information on all the events planned for Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia 2021, please click on this link.