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Lots of things happening to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge 2021

ALDOC: Will we see their likes again? Yes, in a St Patrick's Day concert from a few years ago to celebrate St Patrick's Day at the Glassworks in Derry

DUBLIN-BASED Gaelchultúr is again offering general online Irish language classes for adult learners again this summer. During this ten-week course, which will commence the week beginning 3 May, classes will be available at five different levels. The participants will attend a two-hour class one day per week.

To attend the live online classes, the only requirements will be a headset with a microphone (a USB headset, if possible), a laptop or desktop computer and a reasonably good broadband connection. 

A digital booklet will be sent to learners before the beginning of the course and they will be able to use this material during the classes and for the studying they do between classes.

During the classes, learners will have an opportunity to raise a virtual hand and ask the teacher questions. Pair work and group work activities will also be an integral part of every session.

The various classes cost €220 and you can get full information from

:: To celebrate St Patrick’s Day and to round off Seachtain na Gaeilge, BBC Gaeilge is broadcasting one of one of its most memorable St Patrick’s Day concerts. 

Recorded in 2017, Ceiliúradh na Féile Pádraig, goes out on Wednesday at 9pm on BBC Two Northern Ireland. 

The concert, hosted by John Toal and Pauline Scanlon, was recorded at The Glassworks in Derry and featured music performances from a host of top traditional acts. Expect some toe-tapping and dancing in the living room as Four Men & A Dog, Aldoc, Na Mooneys, Cúig and many more bring viewers some great St Patrick’s Day entertainment.

:: There is a really interesting series of talks starting on St Patrick’s Day entitled landspeak.

The series consists of free online talks, workshops, events and activities seeking to build connections through explorations in culture, sport, creativity, language, and the environment.

I am particularly looking forward to Language, Land, and Song with Liam Ó Maonlaí and Pura Fé and Language Activism with Linda Ervine and Nicola Campbell and Myth, Nation and Sport with Paul Rouse and Eamonn McKee.

Full details of the festival are available to view at

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