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Friday, 23rd February 2018

Council's Seachtain na Gaeilge celebrations confined to Dundalk

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Louth County Council will celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge 2018 with a programme of cultural events of interest to all ages. The events, all of them taking place in Dundalk, will run from Thursday, 1st March to Saturday, 17th March 2018. 

Events taking place throughout Seachtain na Gaeilge include:

  • Quiz:Taking place at Dundalk Library on Wednesday, 7th March at 10.30am, this general knowledge quiz ‘as Gaeilge’ is aimed at primary school children. Cinema tickets are up for grabs for the winning team.
  • GAA Blitz:This under-10s hurling tournament will see club teams compete for the inaugural Corn an Cathaoirleach Cup, speaking Irish on the pitch. The Blitz will take place at Louth County Council Sports Centre in Muirhevnamor on Saturday, 10th March from noon to 3pm. Clubs will be contacted directly with details.
  • Poetry Competition:School children under 10 are invited to write a poem with the theme of ‘My County’ – ‘Mo Chontae’. The winning entries will be displayed in County Hall Dundalk and printed in local newspapers. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 16thMarch.
  • Lunchtime traditional music session:This cultural celebration will take place at Dundalk Town Hall, with tea and coffee available for the public. Date to be confirmed.
  • Irish Language Film:Two screenings of an Irish language film for local primary school children will take place at An Táin Theatre, Dundalk on Monday, 12th March and Thursday, 15th March.

 Schools will be contacted directly with details of school events. 

Chief Executive of Louth County Council, Joan Martin said: “Seachtain na Gaeilge is always an important fixture in the Council’s event calendar and gives us the opportunity to work with and support local groups whose mission it is to promote the Irish language and culture. Our varied programme this year covers everything from language, to sport, to music. 

“Of course, this year’s event also acts as a precursor to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, which will be held in Drogheda in August. This will be a huge occasion for the county, and one we’ve been working towards for many years. We hope the Seachtain na Gaeilge events will whet the appetite for Fleadh audiences in the summer.” 

Further information about Seachtain na Gaeilge events is available at www.louthcoco.ie and on Twitter @LouthCoCo.

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