Conradh na Gaeilge Gathers Gaeilgeoirí On Árainn Mhór For Tionól Gaeltachta 2013

A boat trip to the small scenic islands off the coast of Árainn Mhór will be one of the highlights of this year's Tionól Gaeltachta - Conradh na Gaeilge's annual Irish-language holiday - on Ireland's second largest populated island, Arranmore Island, Co. Donegal, from 4 - 7 July 2013.

Whether you speak Irish fluently, are a little rusty, or even if you're a complete newcomer to Irish, Tionól Gaeltachta Chonradh na Gaeilge 2013 will immerse you and all the family in the language in a fun, sociable way with a programme of events to suit everyone looking to enjoy the delights of Donegal as Gaeilge.

Peadar Mac Fhlannchadha, National Organiser for Conradh na Gaeilge says: "Donegal boasts Ireland's largest Gaeltacht region, and holidaying out in the Atlantic Ocean on Árainn Mhór as part of Tionól Gaeltachta Chonradh na Gaeilge 2013 will be a wonderfully unique and enjoyable experience for anyone looking to brush up on their cúpla focal this summer, and at a great price too!"

Conradh na Gaeilge is offering a special low-price package for only €240 to include bed & breakfast from Thursday - Sunday, evening meals, a day trip to An tÍochtar / Eighter Island, Inis Cú, Inis Doirn and Inis Chaorach, as well as a public seminar, a dramatic performance, and all social events. Tionól Gaeltachta Chonradh na Gaeilge 2013 has been organised in association with Comharchumann Oileán Árainn Mhóir with support from Údarás na Gaeltachta, and you can register for the weekend at

This year's annual holiday will be particularly unique as Tionól Gaeltachta Chonradh na Gaeilge 2013 is looking to give holiday-makers from abroad a special welcome as part of both The Gathering Ireland initiative and Bliain na Gaeilge 2013, a year of festivities celebrating the Irish language and 120 years since the founding of Conradh na Gaeilge in 1893.

The ferry from Ailt an Chorráin / Burtonport, Co. Donegal, will take Tionól participants out to Árainn Mhór on Thursday evening (4 July 2013) where a reception in Óstán an Ghleanna at 9.00pm will kickstart a weekend of music, discussion, entertainment and adventure.

The tone of Conradh na Gaeilge's Seimineár an Tionóil at 8.00pm Friday night (5 July 2013) will be slightly more serious, focusing on the current state of language planning in Gaeltacht and the implementation of the Gaeltacht Act of 2012. Anna Ní Ghallachair, Chairperson of the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta, will be a guest speaker at the seminar and both the public and attendees of An Tionól Gaeltachta are welcome on the night.

With its promontory fort dating from about 800BC still standing atop its cliff top perch at Uilinn, Árainn Mhór has evidence of being inhabited since prehistoric times, and local islander Proinsias Mac a'Bhaird will give Tionól Gaeltachta visitors a guided tour from the island's sandy beaches to its rocky summit and lighthouse on the west side of Oileán Árainn Mhóir on Saturday afternoon (6 July 2013), before the hotly-contested Tionól table quiz in Óstán an Ghleanna at 4.00pm and Aisteoirí an Lóchrainn's drama at 8.00pm Saturday night. END


Peadar Mac Fhlannchadha

National Organiser, Conradh na Gaeilge

+353 (0)91 567824 / +353 (0)87 4188050

Máiread Seoighe

Co-Ordinator, Tionól Gaeltachta Chonradh na Gaeilge

+353 (0)1 4757401 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



9.00pm Reception & Official Opening by Donnchadh Ó hAodha, President of Conradh na Gaeilge

in association with Clódhanna Teoranta & An Siopa Leabhar

Óstán an Ghleanna

10.00pm Seisiún Ceoil

Óstán an Ghleanna

FRIDAY, 05 JULY 2013

12.00pm Boat trip: Ó Oileán go hOileán

[An tÍochtar / Eighter Island, Inishcoo / Inis Cú, Inis Doirn and Inis Chaorach]

Meeting point: The pier

6.00pm Evening meal

Óstán an Ghleanna & Uí Chnáimhsí Restaurant

8.00pm Seminar: Pleanáil Teanga sa Ghaeltacht

Comharchumann Oileáin Árainn Mhóir Hall

10.00pm Music session

Teach Early


There will be a choice of activities available in the area and an information pack will be made available to everyone that registers for the Tionól. *These extra activities are not included in the package price*


1.00pm Guided walking tour with Proinsias Mac a'Bhaird

Meeting Point: Comharchumann Oileáin Árainn Mhóir Hall

4.00pm Table Quiz

Óstán an Ghleanna

6.00pm Evening meal

Óstán an Ghleanna & Uí Chnáimhsí Restaurant

8.00pm Drama

in association with Aisteoirí an Lóchrainn, Carlow

Comharchumann Oileáin Árainn Mhóir Hall

10.00pm Music session

Teach Ósta Phil Bán

SUNDAY, 07 JULY 2013

11.00am Mass in Irish

Árainn Mhór Church

12.30pm Official Closing

Óstán an Ghleanna


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 runs Irish courses in Dublin, Galway, Mayo and other places throughout the country as well.

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, 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.

An Siopa Leabhar is Conradh na Gaeilge's Irish-language bookshop and has been selling Irish books and products to Dubliners since it opened its doors at 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 almost 40 years ago. An Siopa Leabhar is open 6 days a week and sells a wide range of schoolbooks, bilingual greeting cards, children's games, teaching materials, music CDs and lots more. You can now order products online via An Siopa Leabhar website as well:

Opening Times: Monday - Saturday 09.30 - 17.30

Bliain na Gaeilge is a year of festivities celebrating the Irish language and will include different fun and exciting events organised both locally and nationally throughout Ireland to inspire the public to use their Irish regularly. Join In - Bígí Linn - Let's Celebrate Our Language!

What can you do as part of Bliain na Gaeilge 2013?

• Use Irish with your friends, your relatives, your colleagues and anyone else you can in 2013

• Check out all the events on our website at & attend some of them

• Take part in the competitions - there are great prizes to be won!

• Make the decision to improve your Irish or learn it from scratch in 2013 - you could even take part in the Líofa 2015 initiative

• Go on holidays to the Gaeltacht

• Encourage friends from abroad to come to Ireland in 2013 to attend some of the Bliain na Gaeilge events and to take part in The Gathering Ireland 2013

• Buy products made in Ireland to help support the environment in which we're promoting Irish

The Gathering Ireland 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.



Conradh na Gaeilge

6 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2.
Phone: +353 (0) 1 475 7401, Fax: +353 (0) 1 475 7844, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.