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Irish language Celebration in Belfast

Irish language Celebration in Belfast

A huge crowd gathered in St. Georges Market in Belfast on Sunday 10th October to participate in one of the biggest Irish language events of the year. The event was organised by Pobal in Belfast to celebrate the Irish language in the community.

The event titled Right sand Revelry (Chearta agus Ceiliúradh) was attended by over two thousand people  from Belfast and the surrounding communities from Amagh, Newry, Ballycastle Strabane, Maghera, Magherafelt, Dungannon and Down Patrick.

The celebration commenced at 1pm with plenty of traditional music and dance with lots of fun for the entire family with face painting for the kids, workshops’, music, games plus lots of fun for all to enjoy. 
Other performances included sean-nós singing, gymnastics, plus a magical live show from the talented Fanzini Brothers plus the most important message on the day was that An Irish Language Act for Northern Ireland was overdue.
This event was a great success last year but this years was even better still with crowds enjoying the Irish language in a social environment while on a day out.

At this years event POBAL collected many signatures to demand that the British Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg implement an Irish language for Northern Ireland in the near future.

The renowned writer Séamas Mac Annaidh conducted a story reading workshop while founder of Gaeltacht Seoighe, Brighid Mhic Sheáin visited the region and there was plenty of fun with hip-hop and a flamboyant display of world dancing with Tura Arutura, an art workshop and a drama workshop with Aisling Óg.

Many Irish language organisations and community groups were present to share information on the range of Irish language resources and services available to the public.

Some of the entertainers who performed at Cearta agus Ceiliúradh in Belfast recently.

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