A feast of events have been planned over the next fortnight as part of the Gaelfest - Seachtain na Gaeilge celebrations in Dungannon.
Tráth na gCeist secondary schools’ quiz in Irish will take place on Monday 9 March in Ranfurly House’s Tower Room, where information will be released about a Gaeltacht Scholarship Scheme for secondary students. Mid Ulster District Council is also soon to release details of these scholarships.
For adults, Doctor Gordon McCoy, formerly of the Ultach Trust, will give a talk about Gaelic Scotland this Friday, 6 March, in the Tower Room at 7.30pm.
The shared language, culture and tradition of the Gaels of Scotland and Ireland will be his theme. The talk will mainly be in English with substantial references in Irish and Gaelic to similarities in the language and lifestyle of the sea-divided Gaels, and is a free event.
On Saturday 7 March, the Square Box will have a one-man show by Noel Ó Gallchóir, former principal of Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, on the life and work of Seosamh Mac Grianna. The show, which starts at 7.30pm, is in Irish and costs £5. Students will be admitted free.
Meanwhile, Dungannon Library in conjunction with the Council’s Irish Language Development Programme will host an evening of songs and stories with Gearóidín Bhreathnach on Thursday, 12 March from 6.30pm until 7.30pm. The event is in Irish and is free, sponsored by Libraries NI. A lecture on the Gaelic Revival will take place on Friday, 27 March in the Tower Room, while other events will be held throughout the month.