Monday, 24 January 2011

First "OIREACHTAS CHEANADA" this July

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

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