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Seachtain na Gaeilge 2014

Seachatin na Gaeilge 2014 

1st -17th March 2014

Irish language and cultural festival – There’s something for everyone!

Seachtain na Gaeilge – Irish Language Week, is a two week festival which takes place each year in the lead up to St Patrick’s Day. The festival focuses on events of Irish interest both linguistically and culturally with something for everyone.

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2014 will kick off with a concert by legendary Irish singer Seán Ó Sé in Carntogher’s brand new Arts Centre, An Coire. Cork tenor, Seán Ó Sé, has been an iconic voice in Irish singing for some fifty years since the 1960s when he was at the forefront of the traditional music revolution of Sean Ó Riada and Ceoltóirí Chualann, the forerunners of the Chieftains era. Seán will be supported by local musicians and will be singing a selection of popular songs in both Irish and English including established favourites like ‘An Poc ar Buile’ and ‘Carrickfergus/Do bhí bean uasal’.

There will be a traditional music session on Wednesday 12th March in Walsh’s Hotel Bar organised by local music organisation Ceoltóirí Luraigh starting at 9.30pm. Come along to hear the best of local traditional music. Everyone welcome

2014 sees RITH return to the Carntogher Maghera area. RITH is a 9 day relay run that will start in Baile Bhúirne, Co. Cork, Friday 7th and finish in Belfast on the 15th. RITH will start from An Carn on the morning of Thursday 13th and continue through Maghera, Lavey, Bellaghy and Magherafelt. With over 1000 local people between businesses, schools and local clubs signed up to take part this year’s RITH promises to be bigger and better than ever. After RITH leaves An Carn there will be a Lá Gaelach for local Gaelscoil children with a showing of Garfield in Irish followed by a quiz and a céilí.

Ciarán Ó Duibhín will give a talk on Friday 14th March 8pm in An Coire entitled Recordings of native Irish –speakers in the Sperrins Gaeltacht through English. This talk will provide a rare and powerful insight into the Irish spoken locally well into the 20th century by using recordings of the last known native speakers. The talk will be followed by a music session and everyone is welcome to attend.

On Saturday the 15th March Ballinascreen CLG will host a talk by Neil Comer on the Townland names of Ballinascreen at 8pm in the clubhouse. Neil will give an insight into the townland names, their meanings and their significance to the local population.


To bring Seachtain na Gaeilge to a close Carntogher Community Association will be showing the All-Ireland Club Finals live on the Big Screen in An Coire. The big screen provides a fantastic opportunity to view the games with a great atmosphere and is the next best thing to being in Croke Park on match day. The viewing will start at 2pm on Monday 17th March and promises to be two fantastic games.

We would like to extend a big ‘Go raibh Maith Agat’, to everyone who has helped  put together this fantastic programme of events as well as those who will help to deliver the events. We would also like to acknowledge our funders Foras na Gaeilge for their funding and support which has enabled us to deliver this excellent programme of events.

If you would like more information about any of the activities taking place during this year’s Seachtain na Gaeilge festival, please contact Leonne or Joe at An Carn 028 79549978.

Carntogher 1st - 17th March
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