An Claidheamh Soluis (The Sword of Light), Conradh na Gaeilge's weekly newspaper, was published between 1899 and 1932. Amongst its editors were Patrick Pearse and Eoin Mac Néill. The paper changed regularily and was published also under other titles - Fáinne an Lae and Misneach.
Reflecting the RisingEaster Monday, 28 March 2016
Conradh na Gaeilge has organised a series of seminars in Ireland and overseas to commemorate the heritage of the Irish Language Revival movement. The seminars are intended to encourage a wider conversation about the role of our language in the events which resulted in the Easter Rising, as well as our future as an Irish-speaking community.
One of the greatest gaps in ceremonies commemorating the Rising is recent years was the lack of certainty about the Irish language version of the proclamation. The leaders of the Rising didn’t produce a version in Irish themselves, but there are several in circulation, and indeed several translations have been used publicly over the years.
Irish society and culture have changed beyond recognition since Conradh na Gaeilge (The Gaelic League) was founded in 1893, and Conradh na Gaeilge played a central role in those changes. The documents and publications created during that period are the best evidence which survives of that process of change and the key role Conradh na Gaeilge and members of Conradh na Gaeilge played in it. In organising one of the most important projects being funded by Ireland 2016, we will, for the first time be a making a systematic and coordinated effort to organise Conradh na Gaeilge’s collection of documents, to preserve them, and to make them available to the public in fresh, creative, and contemporary ways.
Seachtain na Gaeilge is celebrating the Irish language by coordinating an additional category of events in 2016 called Féile na Físe from 1 - 17 March 2016. The aim of the event is to commemorate and highlight the role of the Irish language and culture in the momentous events of 1916 as well as showcasing the vision the leaders of the Rising had for Ireland which was inspired by the Cultural Revival taking place at the time.