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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: April 19, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    Bits and pieces

    Pól Ó Muirí

    Conradh na Gaeilge are offering classes for adult beginners or those wishing to brush up their language skills from next week in their Dublin hq. Would-be students will have a choice of three different nights – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays – and classes will be held between 7pm and 9pm over a 10-week term.

    Meanwhile Cló Iar-Chonnacht are running a writing competition for new prose. The Conamara-based publishers are looking for novels, novellas or short stories that would be suitable for adults or young readers. There is a €10,000 kitty to be split three ways and September, 2012, is the deadline. Work from established, new and young writers will be very welcome, the company says.

    And talking of competitions… Kerry poet, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, has won this year’s Comórtas Filíochta an Choirnéil Eoghan Ó Néill, for her poem, Deireadh na Feide. Ní Ghearbhuigh – an occasional contributor to this paper’s language columns – received €500 and a trophy for her efforts in this annual competition organised by Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge to celebrate the language links between Ireland and Scotland. The poem will be published in the literary monthly, Comhar.

    And the April issue of Comhar – under new editors, Aifric Mac Aodha and Seán Tadhg Ó Gairbhí (another contributor to this paper’s Irish-language columns) – is in the shops. Articles on politics with Cathal Mac Coille and Póilín Ní Chiaráin, piece with Breandán Delap on RnaG and reviews with Fionntán de Brún, Gearóid Denvir and Mícheál Mac Craith.

    Sin do chuid don tseachtain seo.

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