Seachtain na Gaeilge is here! Running from the 1st to the 17th of March, this celebration has gone online this year, which is great for the kids not yet gone bac to school. An international Irish language festival sponsored this year by Energia, it is the biggest celebration of our native language and culture that takes place in Ireland and many other countries every year.
Representatives this year range from Blathnaid Treacy, one of the most promising stars in the country at the moment who presents the National Lottery and a charter program on RTÉ 2fm bilingually, to Imelda May, the well - known singer, songwriter and musician. Originally from Dublin, she now lives in London and has loved music from a young age. Declan Hannon of the Limerick hurling team is also representing, having won two All-Ireland Championships and had many successes in Irish and hurling - he often speaks Irish while
accepting a cup!
With the festival gone digital this year, there are so many great events out there for parents anf kids to take advantage of alongside their online school schedule. We've listed some of our favourites, with events for playschool age, right up to teenagers, so there's something for everyone on this list!
Wexford Libraries 'Gob' from the Traditional Archive Channel (Available from March 1st -17th)
The fun and educational program 'Gob' from Traditional Archive Channel & Ceol Mo Chroí provides a great opportunity for children and children to gather information about the Irish words and spoken versions that are still alive in English around the country. Join them during Seachtain na Gaeilge as they embark on an online tour around the country starting and finishing in Wexford!
Wexford Libraries 'Create a Story' with Sadhbh Devlin
Create 'Story-Composer' from folded papers to help you create situations, characters and plots for your next story! All you need is a clean piece of paper and a pencil.
Make your own Story-Generator with Sadhbh Devlin: Create a folded paper 'Story-Generator' to help you come up with settings, character ideas and plots for your next story! All you'll need is a sheet of paper and a pencil.
Wexford Libraries Fiacla Mhamó
Written and read by Brianóg Brady Dawson, illustrated by Michael Connor and translated by Daire Mac Pháidín, 'Where are Grandma's Teeth?' is a classic. They're in Danny's school bag! And they’re in school with him, too. Danny is in trouble again. Join author Brian Brady Dawson to find out what happens, as he reads from his funny story, Grandma's Teeth . An activity sheet is included.
Seachtain na Gaeilge events with Fingal Libraries
Fingal Libraries are going social with their programme! Join them on their social media channels to join in with bilingual stories, workshops, crafts and craic for Seachtain na Gaeilge 2021!
Join them on Social Media between March 1 - 17 on:
- Facebook: Fingal Libraries
- Twitter: @fingallibraries
- Instagram: @librariesfingal
- Youtube: Fingal Libraries
Derry City Council and Strabane District 'Mo Cheol Thú'
Mo Cheol Thú is a fantastic and fresh competition that invites young Irish speakers in the Derry City Council and Strabane District area aged 18 or under to write and submit a brand new song in Irish to celebrate the Irish language in Seachtain na Gaeilge 2021. One song will be chosen as the festival anthem.
Boyne Championship Comórtas Ealaíne
'Craobh na Bóinne' is organizing an Art Competition for children over the age of eight.
Choose one of the proverbs on the poster and illustrate it through art to win a prize! Send your application to email@example.com . Please know that all applications will be promoted on social media.
Derry City Council World Book Day (4th March)
Derry City and Strabane District Council celebrates World Book Day with a unique Irish language event - Lúcháir Leabhar - which celebrates books and reading in Irish among Irish - medium pupils.
This year, in the online program, there will be two videos of a fun storytelling session from Irish language performing artist and storyteller Cara Ní Mhaonaigh aka Cara Park. The kids can dress up as a character from their favourite book as they would if they were in school normally and enjoy the storytelling events that will be on our Youtube channel at 10 am and 12 pm.
Ceol le Chéile - SnaG Singalong (6th March)
To celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge, Liam Ó hÉineacháin from the band 'The Merry Plowsboys' will be telling us stories and singing traditional songs. A chance to go back and forth to hear the thoughts and songs you made at school again. A fun piece for the children as they practice their Irish in a natural way. Lyrics will be provided.
Sing along with some familiar songs and celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge with us. Liam Heneghan of the Merry Plowsboys will be taking us through some beloved traditional songs and telling a few tales along the way. Surprise yourself with how much you remember and give the children a chance to practice their Gaeilge in a relaxed and fun way. Lyrics will be provided.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Zoom ‘Dúisigh le Declan’ (6th March 10am)
Online family event - family exercise class online for Seachtain na Gaeilge. “Wake Up with Declan” family fitness will take place on the 8th of March at 10am and you will have to register in advance. All ages and stages welcome.!
Which events will you be signing on for? Let us know in the comments!