About Seachtain na Gaeilge
Seachtain na Gaeilge is a non-profit organisation which helps to promote the Irish language and culture both at home and abroad within a two week festival held in March every year. Croí na Teanga - It's You! (Heart of the Language - It's You!) Is the motto of the festival, meaning that everyone, no matter what age they are or what country they live in, is central to the renewal of the Irish language.
During Seachtain na Gaeilge (5th-17th of March) many Irish language programmes will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio and Television and many popular shows will feature short items in Irish to mark the week. For a selection of these see below.
- An Cór
Presented by Fiachna Ó Braonáin (Hothouse Flowers), AN CÓR features the experiences of six choirs as they immerse themselves in the culture, language and history of traditional Irish songs such as "Báidín Fhelimí", "Óró, Sé do Bheatha 'Bhaile", "An Poc ar Buile", "Bean Pháidín" and "Beidh Aonach Amárach".
- Love Irish
- Join Dermot Ward as he tries to "woo" some lovely Irish celebrities with the help of Sinead Ni Churnain and his focal book
- Radio 1
RTÉ Radio 1 features a range of Irish-language programming, beginning on March 6 at 8.00pm with Éigse Bheo ag Imram, a concert from the Crawdaddy stage of the Imram festival. Poets and musicians performing include Áine Ní Ghlinn, Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin and the Gaelic Jazz Project. On 13 March at 8.00pm two new Irish-language comedies look at the relationships between men and women in very different situations in Drámaí Grinn don Raidió. Following this at 9.00pm a very special Céilí House profiles legendary Cork singer Seán Ó Sé, looking back at his early years and his time with Seán Ó Riada and Ceoltóirí Chualann. On Saturday 14 March at 8.00pm Sunday Playhouse features a radio adaptation of Cré na Cille. Written by Macdara Ó Fatharta, Bríd Ní Neachtain leads a star-studded cast to provide the most accessible version of the classic to date.
Throughout the week RTÉ Radio 1's Book on One will feature Cailíní Beaga Ghleann na mBláth by Éilís Ní Dhuibhne. On Monday 15 March at 10.00pm Vincent Woods' Arts Tonight will mark the centenary of the birth of the great poet Máirtín Ó Direáin, while on St Patrick's Day RTÉ Radio 1's In Concert series presents The Music of Shaun Davey, a special concert featuring Liam Ó Floinn, Rita Connolly, the West Kerry band Béal Tuinne, and will include songs with lyrics in Irish based on the poems of Caoimhín Ó Cinnéide.
Finally Sunday Miscellany will mark Seachtain na Gaeilge with a mix of new audio essays and new poetry in Irish.
- Lyric Fm
RTÉ lyric fm will explore the 'Seanfhocal' during Seachtain na Gaeilge. These wise and witty proverbs have developed in the oral tradition over hundreds of years. Most of us have our favourites and during the week we'll hear many familiar voices introduce theirs, including Aoibhínn Ní Shúilleabháin, Dermot Somers, Manchán Magan, Seán Bán Breathnach, Gabriel Rosenstock, Éamonn Ó Catháin and Daithí Ó Sé. Programmes across the schedule will join in with SnaG, including Trish Taylor's Daybreak, where chef and broadcaster Éamonn Ó Catháin will provide some favourite recipes as Gaeilge. The John Kelly Ensemble will feature work as Gaeilge from Darach Ó Catháin, Seosamh Ó hÉanaí and Iarla Ó Lionaird, amongst others, and Wednesday's Lyric Concert will consist entirely of works by Irish composers.
- RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta will feature several special broadcasts, starting with a new series Ar an gCoigríoch, commencing Saturday 6 March and running until the summer. Fifteen non-speakers who have developed an interest in the Irish language and culture, and hailing from as far afield as America, Australia, Japan and Hungary, speak to series-producer Tomás Mac Con Iomaire about their opinions on Ireland and the Irish people, and how these have changed since they came to live here. On Tuesday 9 March, meanwhile, Rónán Beo @ 3 will broadcast live from Belfast for the kick-off of Rith 2010 - a 1600km relay race beginning in Belfast city on 9 March and finishing in Galway on St. Patrick's Day.
Máirtín Ó Cadhain's famous novel Cré na Cille was published in book form for the first time on 10 March, 1950. Sixty years on, a special programme Cré na Cille: 60 Bliain os cionn talún, produced by Dónall Ó Braonáin, will reappraise Ó Cadhain's blistering novel and the impact the text had on modern Irish literature.
Seachtain na Gaeilge will be in full swing by Friday 12 March, and Iris Aniar, presented by Eibhlín Ní Chonghaile, will broadcast live from Lohans in Salthill. On Saturday 13 March, Ar an gCoigríoch will feature an interview with Australian street artist and fluent Irish speaker Ariel Killick. On Tuesday 16 March, Rónán Beo @ 3 will broadcast live from the Odeon Bar in Harcourt St, featuring reggae band Bréag, singer songwriter Enda Reilly and rock group Henrietta Game.
- RTÉ Pulse
On RTÉ Pulse The Cosmo goes a bit Celtic as Scott De Buitléir presents a bilingual serving of the audio cocktail especially for Patrick's Day. Interviews will come from Irish-speaking Dutch author Alex Hijmans about his new book Favela, and Welsh techno-pop duo Clinigol will be on the phone for a bit a chat. As well as that, Scott will be presenting the National Gay Scene Guide, letting listeners know what is taking place around the island of Ireland for the LGBT community over the coming days.
- Turas Teanga
- Turas Teanga is an innovative multimedia language course comprising 20 television programmes, a radio series, book, three audio CDs, two DVDs and website. All these media are integrated to provided a comprehensive and interesting course for those who already know some Irish and would like to brush up on their knowledge of the language.
- In the Name of the Fada
- Comedian Des Bishop's 'In the Name of the Fada' is now available on DVD