Cille Éigse cholm Cille was founded 13 years ago to promote literature in Irish and to celebrate the writers of the Northwest. The project has been a great success.
It is a marvellous example of cooperation between the university and the city. First rate speakers are attracted to Derry; the lectures get published. The Éigse covers a wide range of subjects including music and literature.
Éigse Cholm Cille will be get under way in Magee College from 7 p.m. on Friday,6 March and will go on until 5 o’clock on Saturday, 7 March. ‘Irish scholars of ulster’ is the theme of Éigse 2015.
On the Friday there will be a book launch: ‘Anathomia Gydo’ by Eithne Ní Ghallchobhair, then there will be the presentation of the Éigse award and the key lecture will be delivered on Ulster women in the Irish language revival. This will be follow by music and a social gathering in the staff room.
On Saturday, there will another book launch, this time of the poems of Giolla Bhríde Ó hEodhasa, edited by Professor Ailbhe Ó Corráin. Then Father Réamonn Ó Muirí( priest and poet) will give a talk on Tomás Ó Fiach. Professor Séamas Mac Mathúna will speak on ‘Proinsias Mac Ana, a powerful, multi-talented scholar’. There will be other lectures on Gearóid Ó Murchadha and Doctor Proinsias Ó Conluain, broadcaster and scholar. Liam Mac Amhlaidh will talk about Niall Ó Dónaill, dictionary compiler, editor and linguist. (What would we do without Ó Dónaill’s dictionary?)
Once more the organisers of the Éigse deserve our highest praise. The event shows the importance of the literature of this area and is a source of encouragement for both writers and readers. Further information may be had from Dr. Nioclás Mac Cathmhaoil or Dr. Éamonn Ó Ciara, Magee College. ( There is no admission charge for these events.)