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Virtual Seachtain na Gaeilge in Fingal 2021

Fingal County Council will be celebrating the Irish Language and culture with a fantastic online programme for Seachtain na Gaeilge this year.

Fingal County Council will be celebrating the Irish Language and culture with a fantastic online programme for Seachtain na Gaeilge this year. In partnership with the Seamus Ennis Centre we will be hosting a celebration of traditional music, live on Facebook and Youtube on Saturday March 6, featuring a stellar line up of musicians. Throughout the festival which runs from March 1-17 Fingal County County will aim to reawaken love for the language with a wide range of online content including music, storytelling, and sport and will be encouraging everyone to use whatever Irish they have – Bain Triail Aisti. 

Their online seisiún on March 6 will feature Conal Ó Gráda, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh & Billy Mag Fhloinn, Róisin Chambers & Luke Ward, Caitlín Nic Gabhann & Ciarán Ó Maonaigh. The musicians will be zooming into the session live from all over Ireland and a great night is in store which you can enjoy from your home starting at 8.30pm. You can even be part of the live Zoom audience if you wish.   

Antaine Ó Faracháin and Nollaig Mac Cárthaigh are old friends of Seachtain na Gaeilge in Fingal and we are delighted to welcome them again for an intimate Zoom musical get together on March 10 at 6.45.  You can book online on Eventbrite and you can even join in with a song yourself if you let us know in advance at eolas@fingal.ie  

Fingal Libraries will have storytelling with traditional Irish storyteller Niall De Burca on March 13 as well as lots of other online content posted.  Fingal Sports Office will be posting content everyday and are delighted to feature skills videos from laochra spóirt – sporting heroes – Ciaran Kilkenny Dublin GAA star and Irish Cricketer Lorcan Tucker.  

Their main focus of all our online content will be to celebrate and promote the language and culture and there will be plenty of content to enjoy on our Social media  including Logainm an Lae and Seanfhocal an Lae.

Mayor of Fingal Cllr David Healy said:

“The Irish language is a living part of our heritage and Seachtain na Gaeilge is an important yearly marker. This year, everything is different of course, and I am very pleased to see Fingal County Council embrace the online format to bring a fantastic programme together for Seachtain na Gaeilge.  While it is a great pity that people cannot get together in the traditional manner, Social media and online content can often open up events to a much larger public, over a much wider area.  We have a chance to use and promote the language in a much wider community.”

Chief Executive of Fingal AnnMarie Farrelly said

“Seachtain na Gaeilge is a time when we traditionally welcome Irish enthusiasts in Fingal to events in our Libraries and County Hall and I hope that they, as well as an expanded audience, will enjoy the festival this year through our varied online content. Fingal County Council is committed to supporting the Irish language and Arts community and I am delighted to also do this through this festival by providing a platform for traditional musicians and their audience to engage with the language and culture online.” 

Full details of these and other events for Seachtain na Gaeilge can be found here seachtain-na-gaeilge-2021.

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