Pól Ó Muirí
Imbolc is an old Celtic festival that was celebrated at the beginning of February and marked the beginning of spring. A one-day conference to be held in the cultural centre in Baile Bhúirne/Ballyvourney, Co Cork, on Saturday 6th February, 2010, entitled “Imbolc – Inspioráid na Bliana” (Imbolc – The inspiration of the year) will see 10 Irish speakers, from different backgrounds, talk about the work that has inspired them.
One of the event organisers, Tomás Ó hAodha, said that the aim of the day was to let people listen to some “inspirational Irish speakers, people who have done pioneering work in every area of life”. The event will be in Irish but not about Irish, he said. His aim is to discuss the creative and innovative industries in which Irish speakers are involved rather than the language question per se.
Among the speakers will be Siobhán Ní Chonchúir, a manager with Google in Dublin; publisher Colmán Ó Raghallaigh; Professor Fionnbarra Ó Brolcháin, formerly of DCU; musician Rossa Ó Snodaigh and DJ Aoife Nic Canna.