Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Robbie Burn's Day

A Bottle And Friend

There's nane that's blest of human kind,
But the cheerful and the gay, man,
Fal, la, la, &c.

Here's a bottle and an honest friend!
What wad ye wish for mair, man?
Wha kens, before his life may end,
What his share may be o' care, man?

Then catch the moments as they fly,
And use them as ye ought, man:
Believe me, happiness is shy,
And comes not aye when sought, man.

Monday, 24 January 2011

County Antrim Gaelic Course

One Day Intensive Irish language course for Adult beginers & Intermediate learners.

One Day Intensive Irish language course for Adult beginners & Intermediate learners.
We expect interest to be high and places are limited, so put your name down and reserve your place asap.

The courses will be held in Gaelscoil Ghleann Darach's school premises on Saturday 26th February 2011 starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm.

The Address is:
...Gaelscoil Ghleann Darach
15c Glenavy Road,
Antrim, UK BT29 4LA.

The school is located just inside the main gates to St Josephs primary school on the right hand side - in mobile facilities. There is a car park at the Mater Dei church next to the school that you can use to park your car if need be.

Enrolment fee of £15 can be paid on arrival. You will be asked to fill in an registration form on arrival.

One class will be an adult beginners level conversational Irish class and the other will be an intermediate level learners class for those who already have some Irish.

You should bring a pen and notebook to take notes if you wish during the class.

Lunch and refreshments i.e. tea/coffee, and sandwiches will be provided.

If you would like to reserve a place for the 26th February, please let me know as soon as possible.

Details: Gaelscoil Ghleann Darach

Please state which class you are interested in and provide a contact telephone number.

Robbie Burns Celebrated in Derry City

Rabbie Burns comes to town


The City of Culture Office in Guildhall Square will host an afternoon of Ulster Scots Culture on Tuesday afternoon, January 25th, to celebrate Burns Day.

Burns Day commemorates the life and work of the poet and lyricist Robert Burns who was born on January 25, 1759 and is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland. Celebrations of Burns’ memory are held globally but are particularly prominent in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Canada and New Zealand.

The event at the City of Culture Offices runs from 1.00pm to 5.00 pm on Tuesday afternoon and will be an ideal introduction to Burns for those who are unfamiliar with the poet’s work.

Following a short introduction by renowned Ulster Scots poet and scholar Wilson Burgess, Stuart Buchanan will address and toast the Haggis. Wilson Burgess will then perform “The Immortal Memory” and oration of the life of Burns which will be followed by a Sword Dance, a poetry reading and traditional singing. Along with the entertainment, traditional fare such as Haggis, Neeps and Tatties will be served providing a taste of Scotland.

Wilson Burgess is hopeful that the Burns celebration will increase awareness of the poet’s legacy across a wider audience:
“I think this event will be of interest to everyone from all sides of the community. As Seamus Heaney said ‘Burns’ way of speaking offered asylum to all vernacular speakers who hail from north of a line drawn from Berwick to Bundoran’. ”

James Kee of the Bready and District Ulster Scots Development Association, the Artistic Director of the event said: “We at Bready and District Ulster Scots are delighted to have this opportunity to showcase Burns Day celebrations at the City of Culture Office and looking forward to introducing Burns to a fresh audience,” he said.

Mayor of Derry Colum Eastwood said: “The City of Culture Office is the perfect location for this celebration. Rabbie Burns is an icon of Ulster Scots culture and I think those who pay a visit to Tuesday’s event will find it fascinating, entertaining and informative.”


A Celebratory Competition of Indigenous Irish Language, Culture and Arts

July 1, 2011 will mark an exciting time for the Irish language and arts outside of Ireland. The first ever Oireachtas Cheanada will kick-off a three day competition held in the Irish language and feature events in singing, dancing, music and literature.

Events will be open to all ages and skill levels with the emphasis on promoting, fostering, celebrating, and above all, enjoying, indigenous Irish language, arts and culture.

Competitions and events will be hosted at Gaeltacht Thuaisceart an Oileáin Úir, by Cumann na Gaeltachta, winner of the 2007/2008 Global Gaeilge Award. The site is located in beautiful rural Ontario near the villages of Erinsville and Tamworth. Situated on 60 acres of rolling, arable land and with a scenic waterfront on the Salmon River, the Gaeltacht was officially opened in June 2007 by Irish Ambassador Declan Kelly and received an official letter of congratulations from the Minister of Rural Community and Gaeltacht Affairs at the time, Éamonn Ó Cuív. Cumann na Gaeltachta is thrilled to take on this inaugural event with an eye to its future growth and success!

Festivities commence Friday July 1, 2011 with a Canada Day parade and close Sunday July 3rd with a farewell brunch. All inquiries are welcome and general information is available by contacting: Aralt Mac Giolla Chainnigh - kenny-h@rmc.ca or Clár Ní Dhuibhir - claredwyer@aol.com

Monday, 17 January 2011

New Book on Donagheady Parish, Tyrone

This book tells the story of the parish of Donagheady and its families over three centuries. Donagheady occupies the most northerly portion of County Tyrone. It is a large parish, stretching from the River Foyle to the Sperrins. In the period covered by this study Donagheady experienced massive changes with the result that the parish in 1900 was a very different place from the one it had been in 1600. Through the Plantation and subsequent waves of migration in the seventeenth century, especially from Scotland, the character of much of the parish was transformed.
The creation and disintegration of the estate system in Donagheady is also charted in this volume and the fate and fortunes of the landowning families and their tenants is explored. The histories of the main religious denominations are covered, as well as the nature of rural society itself. Other chapters in this book examine the impact of the Great Famine on the parish, the development of the village of Dunnamanagh, attempts to improve educational provision, the rise and decline of rural industries, and the relationship between Donagheady and the wider world.
William Roulston is from the townland of Gortavea in the parish of Donagheady, and was raised on a farm that has been in his family’s possession since 1830. He is the Research Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation. His other books include The parishes of Leckpatrick and Dunnalong: their place in history (2000), Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors (2005), and Restoration Strabane, 1660-1714 (2007).
This work is highly recommended by the Ulster Heritage Project.

It can be ordered online from: www.booksireland.org.uk

Treasure Each Voice

Treasure Each Voice, 400 Years of Anglo-Irish, Irish and Ulster-Scots Literature from Stanorlar is a 780 page volume will follows the rich history of language and literature of Stranorlar, County Donegal. The book includes poetry, short stories, essays, and more, in all three languages used in the Finn Valley, in Donegal. The book, edited by Dr Pauline Holland, is a masterpiece and welcomed edition to Irish letters.

For more information contact: Fiach Arts Circle

Monday, 10 January 2011

UTV documentary: "Plantation - the Truth and the Legacy"

UTV documentary: "Plantation - the Truth and the Legacy"

Donegal E-Zine New Issue

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With kind regards

Happy Christmas and Best wishes for 2010 from,
he Donegal - community in touch / Dún na nGall - pobail i d'teagmháil Publication Team

Roisin McBride

Research Officer
Strategic Policy Unit
Donegal County Council
Tel: +353 74 9172562
Fax: +353 74 9142130
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