Seachtain na Gaeilge is being celebrated in Waterford again this year, with a wide range of events and activities taking place throughout city and county. The Irish Office of Waterford City & County Council is collaborating with a number of different groups to provide events and activities as follows.
Waterford Library Services
Libraries throughout city and county will host a wide range of bilingual/Irish events and activities in the coming fortnight:
‘Bingó as Gaeilge’ for Children in Ardkeen, Brown’s Road, Portlaw and Tramore Libraries. Hundreds of children from various schools will take part in these sessions – details available from your local branch library.
Storytelling & Songs for Children with Jacqui de Siún from the Waterford Childcare Committee. Sessions for local pre-school services will take place in Ardkeen and Lismore libraries and Jacqui will also host open sessions for very young children (0-3 years) in Central Library and in the following venues:
- Dungarvan Library – Tuesday, 3 March @ 10.30am
- Ardkeen Library – Friday, 6 March @ 11.00am
- Tramore Library – Wednesday, 11 March @ 11.00am
These free sessions are open to the public and parents/childminders are welcome to attend with their young children.
Children’s Storytelling sessions will also take place in Brown’s Road Library in the City during Seachtain na Gaeilge – details from the branch.
Storytelling & Crafting – We are delighted to announce that Muireann Ní Chíobháin will host storytelling and crafting sessions with children in Tramore and Dungarvan Libraries during Seachtain na Gaeilge. Screenwriter, creator and performer, Muireann is passionate about creating and writing live-action television and animation for young audiences and is well-known for her work on children’s programmes on TG4 and RTÉ Junior. She will be in Dungarvan Library on Tuesday, 11th March with children from Scoil Mhuire, Abbeyside and in Tramore Library on Friday, 13th March with children from Glór na Mara.
We would like to say “Go raibh míle maith agaibh” to Jacqui de Siún from Waterford Childcare Committee for her co-operation and assistance in organising these events in the various libraries. If you would like further information on any of these Library events, please contact Tracy McEneaney in Ardkeen Library on 0761 10 2844.
EVENTS FOR ADULTS
Bilingual Table Quiz & Music Session
The Irish Office of Waterford City & County Council is organising a Bilingual Table Quiz in the Cove Bar on the Dunmore Road, Waterford City on Thursday, 12th March @ 8.30pm. This will be a fun table quiz, giving people a chance to use their ‘cúpla focal’ in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Cost €5 per person and all proceeds to prize money and there will also be spotprizes on the night. There will be a session of music and song after the quiz. Therefore, join us in the Cove Bar for some craic agus comhrá!
Lón Gaeilge/Irish Lunch
A Lón Gaeilge (Irish Lunch) will take place on Thursday, 5th March in the Espresso restaurant on Parnell Street in the City from 1.00-2.00pm. All are welcome to come along and have lunch and to take part in pleasant, relaxing conversation ‘as Gaeilge’. Further information on the Lón Gaeilge is available from Séamus on (087) 241 3826.
Ciorcail Chomhrá/Conversation Circles
There are a number of Irish language conversation groups operating in the Déise, and new members are especially welcome to join during Seachtain na Gaeilge – please come along and try it out to see if you like it – no obligation!
The Tramore Ciorcal Comhrá will continue during March with ‘Comhrá as Gaeilge’ in the Library every Thursday night (5, 12, 19 & 26 March) from 7-8pm. There will be a special get-together on Tuesday, 12th March when conversation groups from Dungarvan and Thurles, Co Tipperary will join their counterparts in Tramore for a ‘cupán tae agus císte milis’ and some chat ‘as Gaeilge’! Therefore, if you would like to try out your ‘cúpla focal’, come along to Tramore Library any Thursday night for a chat.
The Waterford City Ciorcal Comhrá also continues during Seachtain na Gaeilge – every Wednesday in the Cove Bar at 11.00am in the morning; and every Thursday night in the Gingerman pub from 9.00pm. Further information from Aidan Barrett on 087 2648363.
Dungarvan: The social group ‘Gaeilge Anseo’ meets every Tuesday in the Park Hotel, Dungarvan from 7-8.30pm. Further information from Cabríní de Barra on 083 4455914. In addition, there is another conversation group that meets regularly in Dungarvan Library on Thursdays at 6.30pm. These are open to anyone to drop in.
Therefore, if you would like to practice your ‘cúpla focal’, or simply listen to our native language in use, please feel free to attend any of these free Seachtain na Gaeilge events. Bain sult as!
Further information: Máire Seosaimhín Breathnach, Irish Officer: 0761 10 2884 / (087) 7434123