The Irish language will be celebrated across the north west next week during Seachtain na Gaeilge.
The ten day series of events will include workshops, information sessions, as well as music and dancing events, culminating with the St Patrick’s Day celebrations on March 17th.
The celebration will get underway on Wednesday March 7th with an Irish language information day held in the Derry City Council offices, Strand Road.
Representatives of Irish language organisations from across the Council area will be on hand to provide information on opportunities to learn and speak Irish in the Derry area. Information on Irish medium education will also be provided along with details of arts and cultural events.
On Monday March 12th a celebration of the gaelscoileanna in the Derry area will be held in An Chroí theatre, Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin to recognise the contribution made to the Irish language by local schools. Fainne examinations for students attending Irish classes at Coláiste an Phobail at An Chultúrlann on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th at the Great James’ Street venue.
The series of events will be rounded off with a series of events to mark St Patrick’s Day on Saturday March 17th. A St Patrick’s day celebration will be held in An Chultúrlann from 11am to 3pm and will involve face painting, games, and traditional Irish food. A Céilí House event will be held in the same venue that evening from 9.30pm.