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Gala dinner to celebrate role of Irish language in life of Belfast

Linda Ervine, the sister-in-law of the late loyalist leader David Ervine, heads the Turas Irish language project in the heart of east Belfast. Picture by Mal McCann
John Monaghan

A DINNER celebrating the contribution of the Irish language to the life of Belfast will take place this week.

Irish cultural centre An Droichead, based off the Ormeau Road, will host the annual event on Saturday evening at the Titanic Hotel.

It will mark the start of Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish language week) and forms part of a year-long programme for Bliain na Gaeilge (Year of Irish).

An Droichead works closely with Turas, an Irish language project based in east Belfast and headed by Linda Ervine, a sister-in-law of late loyalist leader David Ervine.

She said: "An Droichead funded the first Irish language taster class run by East Belfast Mission which introduced me to the language."

An Droichead chief executive Pól Deeds said: "The phenomenal success of Linda Ervine's Irish language project has inspired Gaeilgeoirí throughout the country and it is something that we are privileged to be associated with."

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