Irish language Fleadh events

Dr Maxim Fomin. (0608MM12)

Dr Maxim Fomin. (0608MM12)

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A series of Irish language events will be held across the city during Fleadh Cheoil na h’Éireann.

The programme for the Irish language events will be launched at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Great James’ Street on Tuesday August 13th at 4pm. Éamon Ó hArgáin will from Irish language development group Foras na Gaeilge will be the main speaker at the launch.

A unique evensong event will take place in St Columb’s Cathedral on Monday evening featuring hymns in Irish, Scottish gaedlihg and English featuring The Psalm Singers from Lewis and An Cór Gaelach, from Donaghmore, Tryone at 8pm.

Walking tours of the city conducted through Irish will also be held each day from Monday to Friday and will depart from the Guildhall, taking in the city’s historic walls, the Bloody Sunday Monument, H-Block memorial, Free Derry Corner and the Bogside murals.

An Irish language play telling the story of the life of Saint Columba will be staged in the Guildhall on August 14th from 6.15 to 8pm.

On the same evening a lecture will be held in the University of Ulster at Magee which will examine the role of the sea in traditional music and song. It will be given by Dr Maxim Fomin, a Russian-born lectured in the Irish language with Humanities at the University of Ulster.

A debate on the importance of an Irish Language Act will be held in An Chultúrlann on Thursday at 2.30pm following the launch of a new book on the role of former republican prisoners in the development of the Irish language in the same venue at 1pm.