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Irish Language Week 2020 to be celebrated in Derry and Strabane

27 February 2020

Communities across the island of Ireland and indeed around the globe are set to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Language Week) which begins on 1st March and runs all the way to St Patrick’s Day on 17th March.

Irish Language Week provides a great opportunity to learners of Irish and fluent speakers alike to celebrate their love of the language, with a focus on community events which promote the everyday use of Irish in everyday settings, and this year’s programme sees a range of events taking place in Derry and Strabane starting on the first of the month and culminating in the St Patrick’s Day celebrations on 17th March.

This year’s programme includes a range of events which offer opportunities to use your Irish including: the Fáinne scheme, a celebration of World Book Day, a celebration of International Women’s Day, family events, conversation circle, a Pop-up Gaeltacht and all culminating with the St Patrick’s Day Spring Carnival on Tuesday 17th March. Plenty of opportunities to explore all that the Irish language has to offer.

Erin Hamilton, Irish Language Officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council, speaking ahead of Irish Language Week said: “The Council is delighted to offer its support to the Irish Language Week celebrations and we recognise the hard work that local committees, schools and Irish language organisations undertake throughout the year to promote opportunities for people to learn and use the language. The Council hopes that this year’s programme which offers events at locations throughout the Council area will further increase the profile of the language and reaffirm its status as a language which can be enjoyed by everyone”.

To keep up-to-date with all that’s happening over the Irish Language Week period you can visit Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Irish Language page at www.derrystrabane.com/gaeilge or check out local Irish language event listings on Facebook at www.facebook.com/foramphobalnagaeilge or Twitter @foramphobal

Events Programme: https://issuu.com/gaeilge/docs/seachtain_na_gaeilge_2020