Ó Cathasaigh to look at Irish language revival and the 1916 rising in final Island Voices lecture

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Historian and political commentator Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh will next week deliver the final instalment of the Island Voices series in the Tower Musesum, which, in this centenary year, has been exploring the themes of 1916.

The author of ‘1916: Seachtar na Cásca’ and ‘1916: Seachtar Dearmadta,’ and scriptwriter of the accompanying TG4 series, Mr Ó Cathasaigh has written extensively on the history, politics and culture of the period.

Delivered in both English and Irish, this, the third talk in the Island Voices series, will focus on the Irish language and the confluences and tensions between the revival of the Irish language, and the fight for national independence in the earlier part of the 20th Century.

Derry City and Strabane District Council, and Council Irish Language Officer, Pól Ó Frighil, encouraged people to come along and find out more about a fascinating era of modern history.

“The Island Voices series is always popular and a highlight of Council’s events calendar. The talks provide an insightful exploration of a variety of themes and this year in particular the focus has been particularly relevant exploring the life-changing events of 1916, which inevitably impacted significantly on our social and cultural evolution.

“Anyone who has an interest in local history will certainly enjoy the final talk in the series, which presents the opportunity to hear from yet another respected historian and author,” he said.

The talk takes place from 1pm – 2pm in the Tower Museum preceded by lunch at 12.30pm on Thursday, November 24.

Places are free and can be booked by contacting the Tower Museum (028) 7137 2411 or emailing tower.reception@derrystrabane.com

Due to demand people are advised to book early to secure a spot.