Connect with Gaeilge: Weekend of ceol agus craic in Limerick

An Tionól will be officially opened by Donnchadh Ó hAodha in the Rathkeale House Hotel on Friday

An Tionól will be officially opened by Donnchadh Ó hAodha in the Rathkeale House Hotel on Friday

THE YEAR of 2018 is Bliain na Gaeilge, a year-long celebration of the Irish language.

And there’s no better place to reconnect with the language than at An Tionól in Rathkeale this weekend. Last year’s Tionól, the Irish for ‘gathering’, was a roaring success. It’s a mixture of music, conversation and good company across the whole weekend.

Dáil na Mumhan president, Donnchadh Ó hAodha, will officially open the event on Friday at 7.30pm in the Rathkeale House Hotel, followed by a talk by Newcastle West-based poet Mike Mac Domhnaill.

Former TG4 traditional singer of the year Seán Garvey will be joined by local musicians, including Eoin Bourke.

Tea, coffee and conversation kicks off on Saturday morning at 10.30am, followed by a short walk on the Greenway.

After lunch, National Curator for Conradh na Gaeilge, Cuan Ó Síoradáin will give a fascinating talk on Douglas Hyde and the Revival.

Máire Uí Ghairbhí, of the local Conradh na Gaeilge branch, said that all are welcome.

“Whether you are a fluent speaker, somebody who wants to re-engage with Irish or even somebody who wants to experience the language for the first time, there is something for everyone.

“This year’s programme is a really vibrant combination of music and discussion that will give an insight into a rich tradition and language that continues to grow and develop.”

Full details are available at www.dailnamumhan.ie.