Irish language

Open the door to a new course on Irish culture, language and history

SKAINOS CENTRE: The East Belfast centre is continuing its groudbreaking work with a new course which shows aspects of Irish culture that are all round us. The course will also be held in the Cultúrlann in West Belfast. 
Robert McMillen

OSCAIL AN DORAS is a six-week course on aspects of Gaelic culture which will be running in two venues in Belfast soon. The course, which deals with place-names, surnames, Hiberno-English, Irish language history, the Celtic languages, the Irish seasons, proverbs and more, will be held in the evenings at Turas in the Skainos building on the  Newtownards Road (in the picture above) starting on Monday 27th January and running between 7pm and 9pm each evening. 

Contact (028) 9045 8560 to register. 

A morning course will start the following month in Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich at Broadway on the Falls Road, beginning Friday 21st February and running between 10.30am and 12.30. Contact (028) 9096 4180 for details on this course.

Naíscoil planned for Carrickmore

Carrickmore could see the first test for new Education minister, Peter Weir.

The Department of Education has approved a development proposal to increase pupil numbers at the town’s St Colmcille’s Primary School by over 100, effective from this September.

For the past ten years, the school has been planning building a bigger school and the latest news from the Department is being seen as a major step forward.

St Colmcille’s principal, Peter Cush, also said that a development proposal for a Naíscoil on the site would be resubmitted, after a previous application was rejected three years ago by the then-Minister for Education, Peter Weir – during his last week in office.

Beidh le feiceáil.

Dáil exhibition comes to Derry

21 January 2019 marked 100 years since the first public meeting of Dáil Éireann, following the 32-county elections in 1918, the last time elections were held on a Saturday until this year.

Having been on show in Belfast, the exhibition finishes up its nation-wide tour in the Minor Hall at the University of Ulster’s Magee Campus between 19-26 January.

The items explore 100 years of a shared democratic history, the role parliamentary democracy plays and the way in which democracy is shaping the world today.

Crash course in the Cultúrlann

One day Irish language intensive course is happening at Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich on Saturday 1 February wth courses facilitated by first class tutors at 4 levels. Info at:

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