Number 6 Harcourt Street is known as Uimhir 6, the centre of Irish-language activities in the capital, and this historical building will be alive with the sound of sport, music, art and entertainment through Irish as part of Dublin Culture Night on Friday night, 21 September 2012!
Uimhir 6 is one of the most historical buildings in the city and bilingual guided tours of the house are a highlight of the Culture Night programme each year; Caoimhín Ó Cadhla will be back again this time around to regale members of the public with stories of Cardinal John Newman, Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith approximately every 30 minutes from 5.00 - 11.00pm on 21 September 2012.
According to Daragh Ó Tuama, Chairperson of the Uimhir 6 Committee: "Anyone with any little bit of interest in history will jump at the chance to get inside 6 Harcourt Street on Culture Night 2012, to listen to the stories about the house and to check out the escape tunnels running under the building that were used by members of the IRB, for example. It's not often a building can boast such an important and varied history as that of Dublin's Irish-language centre, and Uimhir 6 has a choice of other brilliant and exciting events running on Culture Night for those with other interests too."
This is the fifth year running that Irish-language organisations in Uimhir 6 have provided the capital's culture vultures with an array of entertainment as Gaeilge for all the family as part of Ireland's annual celebration of culture nationwide. In addition to guided tours of 6 Harcourt Street, there will be live music sessions in An Siopa Leabhar and in Club Chonradh na Gaeilge on Culture Night, as well as a very special dance workshop organised by Seachtain na Gaeilge from 8.00 - 9.00pm. The accomplished dancer Sibéal Davitt will teach old and young alike how to fuse old-style sean-nós dancing with modern disco music on 21 September 2012 and all are welcome to try out Trip-Nós!
In advance of Comhluadar's bilingual workshop for parents looking to raise their children through Irish from 7.00 - 8.00pm in Uimhir 6, the youth organisation Ógras will be entertaining young Gaeilgeoirí aged 5+ with games and art in Irish from 5.00 - 7.00pm. Conradh na Gaeilge are also running an Irish class for adults from 6.00 - 7.00pm to give Dubliners a taste of their basic refresher course. They are offering participants of the Culture Night class a €20 discount off any Conradh na Gaeilge 10-week course this autumn, starting in 6 Harcourt Street from 25 - 27 September 2012.
Daragh Ó Tuama
Chairperson, Uimhir 6 Dublin Irish Language Centre
01 4757401 / 087 2302101
Templebar Cultural Trust
01 6772255 / 01 8883610
5.00 - 11.00pm
The History of the Headquarters (Every 30 mins)
A bilingual guided tour of Uimhir 6
Conradh na Gaeilge
5.00 - 7.00pm Art & Games as Gaeilge
An art workshop for children (5+ years old)
6.00 - 7.00pm Irish Class for Adults
A taster class for adult learners (basic level)
Conradh na Gaeilge
7.00 - 8.00pm Dátheangach Ó Thús / Bilingual Beginnings
A bilingual workshop for parents looking to raise their children through Irish
8.00 - 9.00pm Trip-Nós Workshop
A workshop on old-style sean-nós dancing to disco music with Sibéal Davitt
Seachtain na Gaeilge
8.30 - 9.30pm Seisiún sa Siopa
Live music session in An Siopa Leabhar
An Siopa Leabhar
9.00pm Live Music
Club Chonradh na Gaeilge
* PLACES FOR THESE EVENTS MUST BE RESERVED IN ADVANCE *
Cardinal John Henry Newman once lived in Number 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2, now known as Uimhir 6, Lárionad Gaeilge Bhaile Átha Cliath, the centre for Irish-language activities in Dublin. Newman played no small part in the founding of University College Dublin (UCD): the Catholic University opened its doors in three separate buildings on 3 November 1854, 6 Harcourt Street among them, and Newman's house was known as St Mary's. The Sinn Féin bank was also run from Uimhir 6 during the War of Independence, and it is from this same building that the results of the 1918 elections were announced. Some of the most important people involved in the Easter Rising 1916 were also connected to the building, and the tunnel through which the likes of Michael Collins and other senior members of the IRB escaped from the British forces is still intact under the house. The first Department of Finance under the Free State was also founded on the floors above this tunnel in later years.
Temple Bar Cultural Trust (TBCT) is a private limited company that works on a not-for-profit basis to support culture in Temple Bar in a variety of ways. TBCT organised the first Culture Night in Ireland in Dublin in 2006 and the celebrations have since spread across the country. www.templebar.ie
Conradh na Gaeilge is the democratic forum for the Irish-speaking community working to promote the language. There are over 200 branches of Conradh na Gaeilge and since its foundation in 1893, members of the Conradh have been actively promoting Irish in every aspect of life in Ireland and especially its use in their own areas. Conraitheoirí are at the forefront of campaigns to secure and strengthen the rights of the Irish language community. It is also possible to register as an individual member of the Conradh. Conradh na Gaeilge also runs Irish courses in Dublin, Galway, Mayo, Tipperary and other places across the country. www.cnag.ie/courses
Club Chonradh na Gaeilge at 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 is the main meeting place for the capital's Irish speakers. The bar is open to Club members 7 nights a week from 8.00pm and there is always music and chat in Irish to be heard here. A conversation circle is held here every Monday night, Tuesday is student night, Thursday is Cocktail Night and there are many more events organised every month, from Breton classes to dancing and card games. www.anclub.ie
An Siopa Leabhar is Conradh na Gaeilge's Irish-language bookshop at 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 and is one of Ireland's most renowned Irish-language institutions in the capital for almost 40 years. An Siopa Leabhar stocks a huge range of schoolbooks, bilingual greeting cards, children's games, teaching material, music CDs and much more. While the shop itself is open 6 days a week, you can also order online from An Siopa Leabhar's new website at: www.cnag.ie/siopa
Opening Times: Monday - Saturday 09.30 - 17.30
Conradh na Gaeilge founded Ógras in 1969 to give young people between 13 - 19 years of age the chance to come together and participate in youth clubs run through the medium of Irish. In 1988, Óg-Ógras was established for children between the ages of 8 - 12. Ógras organises a variety of fun, educational events for young people all over the country with an interest in being part of a vibrant Irish language youth movement. www.ogras.ie
Comhluadar was founded in 1993 to support parents who want to speak Irish with their children. Comhluadar works on an all-island basis as the primary organisation promoting the transmission of the Irish language from generation to generation and are a united voice in supporting the rights of families to public services in Irish. Parents and children are invited to a wide range of sociable and educational events organised by Comhluadar every month. www.comhluadar.ie
Raidió Rí-Rá is a chart-station for young people playing all the latest music from the charts and broadcasting completely through the medium of Irish. You can listen to Raidió Rí-Rá all year round online at www.rrr.ie, on all Nokia phones, through the iPhone application, on Adnroid phones through TuneIn, and now on the DAB platform in Dublin and Waterford from 01 July 2012; it will also be available on DAB in Cork and Limerick by the end of 2012. Raidió Rí-Rá will broadcast on FM in Dublin from 24 September - 07 October 2012 and the station plans to broadcast via digital television in the future with the aim that a full-time Irish-language youth station will be available national through FM and on DAB in the future. www.rrr.ie
Seachtain na Gaeilge is an international Irish-language festival promoting the use of Irish language and culture, both at home and abroad, running over a fortnight in March every year. Conradh na Gaeilge established the organisation in 1902. The festival gives absolutely everyone a chance to enjoy the Irish language, be they native Irish speakers, language learners or those with only a few words. Next year's festival runs from 4 - 17 March 2013 as part of the year-long Bliain na Gaeilge celebration of Irish and The Gathering. www.snag.ie
Aontas Phobal na Gaeilge (APG) is an alliance of Irish-language organisations working to promote Irish across Ireland and the world through more strategic language-planning. Aontas Phobal na Gaeilge consists of Comhaltas Uladh, Comhar na Múinteoirí Gaeilge, Comhluadar, Conradh na Gaeilge, Glór na nGael and Seachtain na Gaeilge, organisations dealing with different aspects of the promotion of Irish in the community that came together to form a working alliance that would ensure a better provision of services and more value for money. www.aontaspg.ie
Bliain na Gaeilge 2013 is a year of festivities celebrating the Irish language and will include different fun and exciting events organised both locally and nationally throughout the island of Ireland to inspire the public to use their Irish regularly. In addition to international gatherings and local activities, there will be festivals, concerts, sporting events, music, drama, literature and dance held on behalf of the Irish language across the country throughout 2013. Join In - Bígí Linn - Let's Celebrate Our Language! www.gaeilge2013.ie
Tóstal Éireann / The Gathering 2013 is an exciting tourism initiative and year-long celebration of Ireland, its people and all that is great about its connections, both at home and abroad. The Gathering Ireland invites anyone who has a link to Ireland or just a love of the country, to come to Ireland for a series of events throughout 2013. Throughout 2013, Ireland will open its arms to hundreds of thousands of friends and family from all over the world - the 70 million people worldwide who claim Irish ancestry included - calling them home to gatherings in villages, towns and cities. The Gathering Ireland 2013 aims to attract 325,000 new tourists from abroad to Ireland in 2013 and to generate €170 million in tourism. www.thegatheringireland.com