County Hall Swords came alive to the sound of traditional music and singing on Tuesday last, as Fingal County Council celebrated Seachtain na Gaeilge.
The evening featuring music and singing from Antaine Ó Faracháin and Nollaig MacCárthaigh was one highlight of a varied programme of events in the Council for Seachtain na Gaeilge.
Among the attendance were County Mayor, Cllr Darragh Butler, Chief Executive Paul Reid and local councillors, as well as Council staff and the Irish language community. Antaine ÓFaracháin played fiddle and entertained with songs and long entertaining introductory stories as Gaeilge while Nollaig MacCárthaigh played beautifully on the Uilleann Pipes.
The evening was an opportunity for staff to enjoy an evening using the Irish language and many former colleagues joined them on the night. There are many Irish language groups active on a weekly basis in the North County community and their members were well represented on the occasion also. People got up to sing and dance and everyone really enjoyed the night.
Speaking on the night, Mayor Butler welcomed everyone to the event and continued, “I am aware that Irish is very strong in the North County area with many Gaelscoileanna and Irish language groups and it is great to see the culture so alive on an occasion like this great music agus craic.”
Chief Executive, Paul Reid said, “Tonight’s event is one of many that we have held in this venue and it is part of our aim to welcome locals into our County Hall. We are having a large number of events particularly in our Libraries, for Seachtain na Gaeilge. Events like this are a great opportunity to use the language in a fun social setting.”