Seachtain na Gaeilge

A series of events will be held across Derry next week to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge 2011.

The week is designed to celebrate all aspects of the Irish language, music, and culture and is held annually throughout Ireland, culminating on St Patrick’s Day.

The Derry events are being organised by several local Irish language groups including Cumann Gaelach Chnoc na Rós and the team at Cultúlann Uí Chanáin, as well as Derry City Council.

The week of events will begin on Tuesday March 8th with an evening of traditional music and song upstairs in the Park Bar organised by Cumann Gaelach Chnoc no Rós at 9.30pm following the group’s weekly Irish language class in the nearby St Anne’s Primary School.

A public speaking competition will be held the following day in the Central Library, Foyle Street, between 4-6pm. On Monday March 14th, an Irish evening will be held in the same venue.

A drama festival will also be held in the Waterside theatre on the same day.

An Irish language quiz for adults will take place in Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin on Monday at 8pm.

A day of fáinne examinations will be held in the Great James Street venue on Tuesday March 8th with presentations the next day in the Guildhall.

On St Patrick’s day, a full day of events will be held in Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin with ceili dancing, music, film screenings, and a large session in the evening beginning at 9.30pm.