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A celebration of Gaelic Language and Culture!

A celebration of Gaelic Language and Culture!

Whether you’re an Irish speaker or maybe simply interested in Gaelic cultural events, there will be something to appeal to you during Gaelfest 2012!


Perhaps you want to use Gaelfest to give yourself a kick-start in learning the Irish Language, and what better way to do so than through an Irish Language crash course on Saturday 10 March in Dungannon?

Irish speakers and learners of Irish can use whatever Irish they have during Dungannon’s Irish Conversation circle on Saturday 3 March at 11am in the Youth Resource Centre or indeed in the reading circles at Cookstown Library every Tuesday in March at 11am.

Gaelfest 2012 also offers cultural trips such as a trip to The Lyric Theatre, Belfast, to see the drama ‘Love Matters’ by Gary Mitchell ‘as Gaeilge’ on stage and for those whose Irish is a bit ‘rusty’ there is live translation in English for the performance.

Many of us know that Tyrone derives from Tír Eoghain (The land of Eoghan Ó Néill).

But who was Eoghan and where are the traces of the Ó Néill clann in a county named after one of the notorious Gaelic leaders?

Tír Eoghain: Land of O Neill Bilingual Tour will shed some light on ‘O Neill county’ as a bus travels around O Neill sites in Dungannon, Stewartstown, Tullyhogue and other locations on Saturday 24 March.

Have you ever wondered about the meaning of your town-land or surname?

Most of our townlands and surnames derive from Gaelic origins.

Aodán Mac Poilín from ULTACH will talk about the Gaelic origins of many of Mid-Ulster’s surnames on Tuesday 6 March in The Burnavon, Cookstown at 7pm.

ULTACH is an independent charitable trust whose principal aim is to promote the Irish language throughout the entire community of Northern Ireland and to encourage cross-community involvement in the language.

Kay Muhr (Ulster Place-names Society) will develop our sense of place during her talk about the Gaelic origins of the town-lands in the Cookstown region on the following Tuesday, 13 March, in The Burnavon.

Make sure you pre-book your place on these talks to ensure your surname and town-lands are discussed!

In March 2010, a marathon run began around the island of Ireland, passing the specially designed baton to a different runner/group at the end of each kilometre.

Over 20,000 people ran to support the Irish language, on a cross-country route through cities, towns and villages between Belfast and Galway.

Now, Rith is coming back, with a brand new course set out for 2012 and running from Gaoth Dobhair (Gweedore) to Inis Mor, Aran Islands. The run will last for ten days this time, with tens of thousands of people taking part in every corner of the country.

Rith 2012 will visit Counties Donegal, Tyrone, Derry, Antrim, Armagh, Monaghan, Meath, Dublin, Kildare, Carlow, Laois, Tipperary, Limerick, Clare, Galways and the Aran Islands.

The Tyrone leg of Rith 2012 will take place from Kildress to Cookstown with many different groups running in support of the Irish Language – make sure to come out and support Rith 2012 as it runs through Mid-Ulster on Friday 9 March 2012 commencing in Kildress at approximately 6.30pm and join in the festivities thereafter when Rith finishes at Fr Rock’s GAA Club.

SIÚIL – Mid-Ulster’s Irish speaking walking club - have a very special walk planned on Saturday 31 March to St Patrick’s Chair and Well. ‘Broken Irish’ is welcome on this walk as walkers soak up some of the mystical history and folklore of Clogher Valley and enjoy the beauty of the environment around them.
Walking isn’t the only event in Clogher Valley during Gaelfest, there is a warm ‘fáilte’ for anyone to come along to an Oíche Airneáil or social night on Thursday 8 March at Clogher Valley Community Centre at 7.30pm.

There will be music, a short film, craic agus cuideachta and you don’t have to be an Irish speaker to enjoy this social night!

As St Patrick’s Day draws closer there will be a family céilí in The Glenavon on Sunday 11 March at 3pm.

Bring the kids and practise your 1,2,3 ‘s and learn a cúpla focal!

Gaelscoil Aodha Rua (Dungannon’s Irish medium primary school) present a bilingual quiz for adults in Edendork GAA club on Friday 16 March at 8pm and Conradh na Gaeilge, Coalisland, host their annual Irish Language quiz in The Mill Court on Wednesday 14 March.

Cairde Uí Néill present an Irish Language Film night in Craic Theatre on Thursday 15 March – with English subtitles.

This Film night will be suitable for and enjoyed by Irish Language students and adults!

Please contact the Irish Language Officer for further information/booking on website www.guthonline.org, email info@guthonline.org or phone 079 200 161 06.

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