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Seachtain na Gaeilge Celebrated In Style

Pictured at the Seachtain na Gaeilge Evening of Music and Dance at County Hall, Swords were Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin (musician), Cllr Daire Ni Laoi, Bernie Kelly (Irish Language Officer), Cormac Begley (musician) and Cllr David O'Connor

A great evening was enjoyed by an enthusiastic audience at the annual Seachtain na Gaeilge Oíche Cheoil agus Amhránaíochta (Evening of music and song) in the Atrium, County Hall Swords, on Tuesday March 13th.

Acclaimed musicians Cormac Begley and Eoghan O Ceannabháin provided the entertainment and as well as the beautiful music the audience were given a fascinating insight into the history of the songs and tunes as well as the instruments themselves.

There was a great crowd in attendance including Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley, Chief Executive Paul Reid, Cllr Daire Ní Laoi and Cllr David O’Connor as well as staff and the Fingal community. Eoghan ÓCeannabháin, as well as playing flute, fiddle and concertina treated the audience to some wonderful songs from the ancient Sean Nós singing tradition in Conamara. Speaking about his recent album Cormac Begley explained that he wanted to use “the full range of concertinas from bass, baritone, treble to piccolo, and to highlight some of the instrument’s possibilities spanning across seven octaves”. This was certainly in evidence in the wonderful music on the evening and the audience was left wishing that the evening wouldn’t end.

Seachtain na Gaeilge, Irish Language Festival, took place from 1st – 17th March and during this time there were many events in the North County including the film ‘Song of Granite’ which came to the Seamus Ennis Centre in the Naul on Thursday March 15th. The film, in Irish with English subtitles, tells the story of internationally famous Sean Nós singer Joe Heaney from Carna in Conamara.

Events also took place in Libraries such as, Harp Recitals from the O’Donnell sisters Marie Louise and Theresa and bilingual talks from poet and screenwriter Celia de Fréine. Children from local schools were also treated to Irish storytelling from Seosamh O’Maolalaí.

Fíbín Theatre group presents a new bilingual version of Diarmuid agus Gráinne called Tóraíocht in Draíocht, Blanchardstown April 17th and 18th, for information on this and other events see www.draiocht.ie . Events take place in our Branch Libraries throughout the year, for information contact your local Library of see our website www.fingal.ie or follow us on social media.

For information on events in The Seamus Ennis Centre see www.tseac.ie .