With the launch of Dublin Culture Night 2013 scheduled for tomorrow (20 August 2013), Irish-language groups in Uimhir 6 have revealed plans for the biggest celebration of culture as Gaeilge in one of the capital's most historic buildings on Friday night, 20 September 2013!
Bilingual guided tours of Uimhir 6 will leave every 30 minutes or so between 5.00 - 11.00pm as part of Culture Night 2013, where attendees will hear about the history of the house that was a home and university hall of Cardinal John Newman when he established the first Catholic University in Ireland, that was a Sinn Féin bank during the War of Independence, and that was a Department of Finance under Michael Collins command upon the founding of the Free State.
Síne Nic an Ailí, coordinator of Culture Night 2013 in Uimhir 6, Dublin's Irish-language centre says: "The history of the State is bound up with the building at Uimhir 6 Harcourt Street, a building that has now become the heart of the urban Gaeltacht in Dublin, and I think that the exciting and intriguing history of the house entices many visitors on Culture Night each year.
"It's not often that the public have the opportunity to see inside buildings with such historic import as Uimhir 6, but the emphasis won't be on history alone on Culture Night 2013 as we have a great variety of events planned to satisfy everyone and anyone with an interest in Irish!"
Included in the programme of events listed on www.facebook.com/Uimhir6 for Culture Night in Uimhir 6 is a radio workshop for young people (12 - 18 years) being run by Ógras in association with Raidió Rí-Rá at 6.00pm; a bilingual Dátheangach Ó Thús / Bilingual Beginnings workshop at 6.30pm organised by Comhluadar for parents raising their children through Irish; a complete beginners' Irish class with Conradh na Gaeilge at 7.00pm; a sean-nós dance workshop with Marian Ní Chonghaile organised by Seachtain na Gaeilge and Oireachtas na Gaeilge at 7.30pm; and a music session in An Siopa Leabhar at 8.00pm. There will be live music and an exhibitions of Guinness posters in Irish in Club Chonradh na Gaeilge throughout Culture Night as well.
You can find information on all the events running in Dublin's Irish-language centre at www.facebook.com/Uimhir6 and whether you speak fluent Irish or not, everyone is welcome to call into Uimhir 6 on Culture Night for a bit of cultúr as Gaeilge. END
Síne Nic an Ailí
Coordinator, Uimhir 6
+353 (0)87 6546673 / +353 (0)1 4757401
Daragh Ó Tuama
Director, Uimhir 6
+353 (0)1 4757401 / +353 (0)87 2302101
Uimhir 6 is Dublin's Irish-language centre at 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2. Some of the most important people in Irish history and politics had connections with the building, the likes of Cardinal John Newman and Michael Collins among them. Not only is the building at Uimhir 6 itself seeped in history, but historic importance of the Irish-language groups currently based in the building is huge. Nowadays Club Chonradh na Gaeilge, Comhluadar, Conradh na Gaeilge, Ógras, Oireachtas na Gaeilge, Raidió Rí-Rá, Seachtain na Gaeilge, An tSeirbhís Saor-Chomhairle Dlí Náisiúnta (FLAC), and An Siopa Leabhar provide Dublin city with their services from Uimhir 6 and the centre is at the heart of the Irish-language revolution, promoting and inspiring Irish in the capital and across the country. Call into Dublin's urban Gaeltacht today! www.uimhir6.worpress.com
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 Ireland to inspire the public to use their Irish regularly. Join In - Bígí Linn - Let's Celebrate Our Language! www.gaeilge2013.ie
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 www.gaeilge2013.ie & go along to 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 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