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Story of the 'fadgies' to be retold at an event in Co Louth

Professor Fionntan de Brun

THE story of the original 'fadgies' - an Irish speaking community who created the first urban Gaeltacht in west Belfast - is to be retold at an event in Co Louth.

Writer and lecturer Professor Fionntan de Brun will look back at the native Irish speakers from Omeath, who moved to Belfast in the 19th century.

His presentation, The Fadgies, Omeath's Irish speaking community in Belfast, is part of The Lost Heritage of Oriel, which is due to take place in the Dolmen Centre in Omeath on June 25.

It will examine the world of the fadgies, a group of fish and fruit sellers from Omeath, on the shores of Carlingford Lough, who settled in Belfast after the Famine.

They were native Irish speakers and settled in the Smithfield area of the city and went on to create the first urban Gaeltacht in Belfast, later moving to the Falls Road area.

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