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  • ‘No pylons here!’

    September 22, 2010 @ 4:05 pm | by Pól Ó Muirí

    From today’s Irish Times: “Unionist leaders have written to Taoiseach Brian Cowen voicing concerns about the ESB’s takeover of Northern Ireland Electricity. DUP leader Peter Robinson and Ulster Unionist leader Sir Reg Empey have told the Taoiseach they are worried about the political implications of the deal…”

    Is this a unionist twist on that old republican slogan regarding British goods: “Burn everything but their coal” or a case of – ahem – “No pylons here!”

  • Literary Lisburn

    September 21, 2010 @ 1:16 pm | by Pól Ó Muirí

    Novelist Glenn Patterson and poet Sinéad Morrissey will give a reading in The Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, Co Antrim, this Thursday (23rd Sept) at 8pm. The reading is a joint venture between the John Hewitt Society and Lisburn City Council and is one of a number of readings the society is organising with different councils in the North in coming months.

  • The artful Gael

    September 20, 2010 @ 9:10 am | by Pól Ó Muirí

    Glór na nGael have organised an Irish-language Christmas card competition for Irish speakers living abroad as part of their Global Gaeilge project. The six winning entrants will each receive a prize of €500. The message on the card must be in Irish, the card’s designer must live outside of Ireland (and, yes, that includes Tory Island!) and entries must be submitted by 31st October at the latest. Info: fiosruATglornangaelDOTie

  • Peig speaks back

    @ 9:09 am | by Pól Ó Muirí

    Professor Emeritus and former Head of Irish Folklore at UCD, Bo Almquist, will give a bilingual lecture on Peig Sayers – “Labharfad le cách/I will speak to you all” – on Saturday, 25th September, at 8pm in Cullenswood House, Dublin. Former arts editor of this paper, Victoria White, sends a note, saying that Almquist presents “a wholly new vision of Peig, who was of course a mainland woman, with her own English Protestant name from the English Protestant side of her family. She certainly could read and the tragedy and scandal in the book was absolutely nothing compared with what she did not put in. Almquist remembers her and has pics,etc. Fantastic stuff.”

  • Mass for Newman

    @ 9:07 am | by Pól Ó Muirí

    After Pope Benedict’s very successful visit to Britain and his beatification of Cardinal Newman, the Irish will have a chance to show their support for ‘the cause’ with an Irish-language Mass tomorrow in honour of Newman (Tuesday 21st September) at 7pm in Eaglais na hOllscoile/University Chapel, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. Bishop Fiachra Ó Ceallaigh, OFM, and Father Leon Ó Giolláin, SJ, will be the celebrants, with music provided by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.

  • Carey chats with Comhdháil

    September 2, 2010 @ 4:19 pm | by Pól Ó Muirí

    Minister for the Gaeltacht, Pat Carey, attended a meeting last night in Dublin of the 24 member organisations of Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge, the central steering council for Irish-language voluntary groups.

    President of Comhdháil, Dr. Helen Ó Murchú, said the organisations were operating in a context that was constantly changing and that the sector required some assurance of future funding. She said they were not against change and were ready to play their part in implementing the Government’s 20 Year Strategy on the Irish Language 2010-2030. 

    Carey praised the voluntary sector for its work in promoting the language and said: “The Government has a long-term strategy pertaining to the Irish language. Ambitious goals are laid out in the strategy, and the Government will be relying on partnerships with the Irish-language sector in order to achieve these goals and to fully implement the strategy”.

  • Carey cares

    September 1, 2010 @ 11:12 am | by Pól Ó Muirí

    Minister for the Gaeltacht, Pat Carey, offers a stout defence of the Government’s commitment to the Irish language in today’s Tuarascáil. Essentially, he says that the Government reminds steadfast in its support and intends to deliver a 20-year language strategy that will be radical and worthwhile. The Minister was responding to criticism of the Government from the Donegal-based pressure group, Guth na Gaeltachta.

    Have to say that it is very heartening to see groups in the Donegal Gaeltacht to the fore in making their concerns known so effectively and it is equally heartening to see Minister Carey respond with the same sort of vigour. Ding, ding, seconds out…

  • Freedom fry

    @ 11:12 am | by Pól Ó Muirí

    Children are all back at school today. I celebrated with a freedom fry in the local bistro – and ordered some extra peace and quiet with the potato bread. Ah, I love them all them dearly but when you work from home as much as I do, they can get under your feet – to say nothing about disturbing my morning tv viewing. That said, freedom comes at a price – I have to hang out the washing and the floors are not going to hoover themselves. Braveheart, it is not.

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