Éigse Cholmcille Festival at Magee

The Éigse Cholmcille festival which celebrates Irish language literature will be held in the University of Ulster, Magee next weekend.

The festival, which is held annually, is now in its ninth year, and this year will focus on the writings from the decades which followed the Flight of the Earls.

The decline of the Bardic schools in Ireland in the late Seventeenth Century healded a new age of Irish language poetry and created a new generation of Irish poets.

The period has been described by Professor Declan Kibberd as a “golden age” of writing which produced historical texts, hagiographicalworks, biographies, diaries, social commentaries, and epic poems.

Many of these works were penned by Ulster writers such as Tadhg Ó Cianáin, Lughaigh Ó Cléirigh, Aodh Mac Aingil, Seán Mac Colgáin, Giolla Brighde Ó hEaodhasa, as well as the anonymous authors of An Síoga Rómhanach, Comhairle Mhic Clamha ó Achadh na Muileann and Mac na Mí Chomhairle.

The programme of events will be held in Magee on Friday March 4th and Saturday March 5th and will involve a series of workshops and lectures. This year’s event will be opened by Ailbhe Ó Corráin in the Great Hall. The opening lecture will be given by Katerine Simms and will focus on the Ulster Literary tradition in the Sixteenth century.