Lá na Gaeilge 2009

Cúpla Focail at LYIT

LYIT held its first ‘Lá na Gaeilge’ to coincide with ‘ Seachtain na Gaeilge’ (March 2009) and it was a big success.  A full day of Irish language themed activities including dance, poetry, music and food took place. Staff and students got involved and used their ‘cúpla focail’.

Throughout the day an information desk in the main corridor gave students the opportunity to find out about Irish language courses, learning resources and services.  An information session was held on ‘Language Rights & the Duties of Public Bodies’.  The audience put questions to staff from Oifig Choimisinéir na dTeangacha Oifigiúla about their rights/duties under Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla, 2003.  Oatfields kindly sponsored some Emerald sweets which went down very well! 

An ‘Oíche Ghaelach’ at An Dánlann, was a lively evening of traditional music, poetry, storytelling and dance.  Pat Campbell (keyboards), Michael Carey (whistles), Finbar Rafferty (mandolin/mandola) and Rachel Akkoç on vocals had feet tapping with a traditional music set.  The McCaul Academy of Irish Dance in Derry delighted the audience with their wonderful jigs and reels.  Female vocal group ‘Loose Cannon’ sang beautifully followed by young Molly Ní Rabhartaigh, Réalt Uladh winner 2009, who charmed the audience with a wonderful poem entitled, ‘Cá Bhfuil mo Mhála Scoile?’  Donal McMenamin really got the crowd going when he sang some well known Irish songs on stage.

The Institute would like to take this opportunity to thank all who helped in making ‘Lá na Gaeilge’ such a success. 






Fri, 20 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMT


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