With Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh officially launching Dublin's 2010 Culture Night on Wednesday, 18 August 2010, there's no doubt but that the cultural festivities in Conradh na Gaeilge headoffices on Friday, 24 September 2010, are going to be the biggest Irish-language celebration in the capital as part of Culture Night to date!
Despite this being the third year running that the organisation has taken part in the Culture Night fun organised by Templebar Cultural Trust (TBCT), Conradh na Gaeilge is joining forces with more other Irish-language organisations that ever before - Club Chonradh na Gaeilge, An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha, Comhluadar, Forbairt Naíonraí, Glór na nGael, Ógras, Oireachtas na Gaeilge, Seachtain na Gaeilge, and An Siopa Leabhar included - to offer Dubliners a fantastic programme of events as part of the national culture festival this year.
The Conradh na Gaeilge headquarters are among the most historical buildings in the city and members of the public will have the opportunity to take a bilingual guided tour of Number 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2, starting every 20 minutes on 24 September 2010, where the doors will be open to everyone from 5 - 11pm. There will be an exhibition of photographs taken by Clive Wasson at various Oireachtas festivals since 2004, entitled An tOireachtas: Spléachadh Siar or The Oireachtas: A Glance Back, on display in Club Chonradh na Gaeilge for the night and An Siopa Leabhar is having a great sale on Irish-language goods and books from 5 - 10pm.
The whole family will have a chance to enjoy the language as part of the Culture Night in Number 6, and Glór na nGael will supply the cuppa tea and the cúpla focal at the conversation circle for adults from 5 - 7pm while the best of Irish-language short films will be screened in Club Chonradh na Gaeilge. And while An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha teach a dance class through Irish to young people (12 - 18 years) from 6 - 7pm, Forbairt Naíonraí Teoranta and Ógras have games and sport as Gaeilge in store for children aged 2 - 12 years.
Parents can have their Culture Night fun too, with a talk entitled Language Transmission From Generation to Generation given by Finlay MacLeod from CNSA (an organisation that runs Gàidhlig ‘san Dachaidh / Gaelic in the Home courses in Scotland) organised by Comhluadar from 8 - 9in. Conradh na Gaeilge has a great reputation when it comes to providing Irish classes across the country, and Dublin's adult learners will have the chance to try a free taster-class for beginners between 7 - 8pm on 24 September 2010 too. Following the success of the Ceol albums in recent years, it's no surprise that Seachtain na Gaeilge are also running a song-writing workshop in Irish from 7 - 8pm, with the help of the renowned Irish musician, Enda Reilly.
Culture Night in the Conradh na Gaeilge headoffices will draw to a close with a dance exhibition organised by An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha in conjunction with Club Chonradh na Gaeilge at 9pm, and Oireachtas na Gaeilge will keep the crowds entertained with more singing and music from 9 - 11pm on 24 September 2010.
Get your Gaeilge going this Culture Night agus buail isteach!
*All events are free of charge but pre-booking is essential by calling 01 4757401*
Síne Nic an Ailí
Development Executive, Conradh na Gaeilge
01 4757401 / 087 6546673
Templebar Cultural Trust
01 6772255 / 01 8883610
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS @ CONRADH NA GAEILGE, 6 HARCOURT STREET, DUBLIN 2:
TIME EVENT ORGANISED BY
5.00 - 11.00pm
Every 20 mins Bilingual Guided Tours of the Historical Headquarters
Conradh na Gaeilge
5.00 - 11.00pm An tOireachtas: Spléachadh Siar
An exhibition of photographs taken by Clive Wasson at various Oireachtas festivals since 2004
Oireachtas na Gaeilge with Club Chonradh na Gaeilge
5.00 - 10.00pm Bargain Book Sale
An Siopa Leabhar
5.00 - 7.00pm Conversation Circle for Adults
Glór na nGael with Club Chonradh na Gaeilge
5.00 - 7.00pm Irish-Language Short Films
Club Chonradh na Gaeilge
6.00 - 7.00pm Games and Sport through Irish for Children (2 - 5 years)
Forbairt Naíonraí Teoranta
6.00 - 7.00pm Games and Sport through Irish for Children (6 - 12 years)
6.00 - 7.00pm Dance Class for Young People (12 - 18 years)
An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha
7.00 - 8.00pm Song-Writing Workshop
Seachtain na Gaeilge
7.00 - 9.00pm Beginners' Irish Class for Adults
Conradh na Gaeilge
8.00 - 9.00pm Language Transmission From Generation to Generation
Talk by Finlay MacLeod, CNSA, Scotland - organises Gàidhlig ‘san Dachaidh / Gaelic in the Home courses
9.00pm Dance Exhibition
An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha with Club Chonradh na Gaeilge
9.00 - 11.00pm Singing and Entertainment for the Night
Club Chonradh na Gaeilge with Oireachtas na Gaeilge
* PLACES MUST BE RESERVED FOR THESE EVENTS *
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 to Carlow, Cork, Galway, the Gaeltacht, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Letterkenny, Leitrim, Limerick, Mayo, Sligo, Roscommon, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford, and Wicklow. www.templebar.ie
Conradh na Gaeilge is the democratic forum for the Irish-speaking community working to promote the language. There are 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. www.cnag.ie
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 the Conradh na Gaeilge bookshop at 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 and is one of Ireland's most renowned Irish-language institutions. It is a shopping facility of excellence for the Irish-speaking community, in the capital and further afield. Through the use of new technology, the range of goods and books available from An Siopa Leabhar online is ever-expanding at www.cnag.ie
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
Seachtain na Gaeilge is a non-profit organisation, which promotes the use of Irish language and culture both at home and abroad within a two-week festival held in March every year. The festival gives everyone a chance to experiment and have with Irish, whether they are fluent speakers or only dipping their toe in the language for the first time. www.snag.ie
The Ceol albums produced by Seachtain na Gaeilge are a fresh and innovative approach to learning Irish through music. 5 albums have been released since 2005, where Irish musicians such as The Coronas, The Frames, Mick Flannery, Bell X1, Mundy, Paddy Casey, Eddi Reader, The Swell Season, Duke Special and many more have taken part in the project and sung their biggest hits in Irish. Ceol '10 is a look back at the best songs from all the other Ceol albums so far and is available in most music shops and online at www.cnag.ie
Glór na nGael's vision is to develop people's ability and awareness of the language, so as they will be able to use it in every area of life, through a range of competitions between communities with partners local groups across the country in the promotion of the Irish language. Every year Glór na nGael award more than €150,000 worth of prizes to committees from around the country through the concept of a public competition, and Glór na nGael's evaluation process is the equivalent of a language-planning framework, the only language-planning system operating in Ireland. www.glornangael.ie
Oireachtas na Gaeilge is committed to promoting Irish-medium traditional arts and modern Irish-language literature. They organise a wide range of events throughout the year to celebrate these art forms, among them literary competitions, Comórtais Liteartha an Oireachtais; communications' awards, Gradaim Chumarsáide an Oireachtais; and the major annual festival for Irish-speaking community held at Halloween, Oireachtas na Samhna. Stage competitions such as sean-nós or old-style singing and dancing, story-telling, new compositions, various different musical instruments and more are held as part of the festival, as well as music sessions, conferences, seminars, exhibitions, dramas, launches and additional events. www.antoireachtas.ie
Forbairt Naíonraí Teoranta is an all-Ireland voluntary organisation which supports the promotion of education and care services in Irish for children from birth. They offer web resources and strong community support, such as advice services and training courses for trainee naíonraí directors, as well as Childcare Level 5 and 6 courses. Forbairt Naíonraí Teoranta is a recognised training centre of the Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC). www.naionrai.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 have the opportunity to meet other people in their area who are rearing families through Irish through Comhluadar, and parents and children are invited to a wide range of sociable and eductional events organised by Comhluadar every month. www.comhluadar.ie
Cardinal John Henry Newman once lived in Number 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 and he played no small part in the founding of University College Dublin (UCD). The Catholic University opened its doors in three separate buildings on the 3rd of November 1854, Number 6 among them, and Newman's house was known as St Mary's. The Sinn Féin bank was also run from here during the War of Independence, and it is from this very 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 building. The first Department of Finance under the Free State was also founded on the floors above this tunnel in later years.