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Bliain na Gaeilge ar RTÉ

RTÉ is marking Bliain na Gaeilge across radio, television, online and mobile with a range of new innovative content, nationwide educational initiatives, and an extensive, year-long social campaign, all aimed at younger audiences.

On radio …

During March, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta will begin a unique six-part series, An Seisiún, featuring some of the country's top musicians, including Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Seo Linn’s Stiofán Ó Fearghaíl, Inni-K and Colm and Rónán Ó Snodaigh from Kíla.  Each programme was recorded over a 12 hour period, during which the musicians were tasked with writing and recording three new songs as Gaeilge. The first programme goes out at 9.00pm on Friday 9thMarch.

Also, in a special competition, Amhráinín i Nóiméidín, national schools across the country could be in with a chance to win a share of a €1000 prize fund by sending in a one-minute song as Gaeilge. The song can be recorded on a smartphone or tablet, and the entries will be played on the Cóisir Cheoil programme during Seachtain na Gaeilge, with the winner announced on 15thMarch.  

RTÉ 2fm is set to trial brand-new bilingual news bulletins at peak listening times during Seachtain na Gaeilge (1st - 17th  March) and will co-sponsor, along with RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, a competition designed to nurture contemporary Irish-language song-writing – the winning song will be play-listed on Ireland’s number one national music station.

In addition, following a massive success in 2017, Ceol 2018, in association with Conradh na Gaeilge, will feature high-profile artists singing Irish-language versions of their own songs. 

Following their successful radio debut as part of RTÉ Radio 1's Christmas 2017 schedule,Today’s Maura agus Dáithí will return to RTÉ Radio 1 with special programmes, including, Lá Fhéile Pádraig, from 10.00-11.00am on Saturday 17th March.

Also on RTÉ Radio 1, the Book on One will feature Irish-language titles for a two week period during Seachtain na Gaeilge in March, which will be repeated later in 2018. Also in March, and throughout 2018, Sunday Miscellany will feature Irish-language writing. RTÉ Radio 1’s Drama on One will feature a number of Irish-language productions, while an RTÉ Radio 1 archive production of Brian Merriman's epic work, Cúirt an Mhéan Oíche, will feature a contemporary new contextual introduction from a female perspective.

More Irish-language content and productions on RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ Radio 1 Extra will be announced throughout the year.

Tracy’s learning Irish …

Never one to shirk a challenge, RTÉ 2fm’s Tracy Clifford has committed to learning Irish for Bliain na Gaeilge (#TurasTracy). Not only does she plan to appear on Bláthnaid Libh on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and host an interview as Gaeilge on her own show, but Tracy is also aiming to present her own show on 2fm entirely as Gaeilge by the end of the year, live from the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta studios in Kerry.

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On television …

Bliain na Gaeilge will see RTÉ produce several new Irish-language programmes, includingScannal, Cloch Le Carn, The Geansaí and Lig Liom. In Lig Liom (Let Me Be), proud Irish speaker Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh explains why she has refused to offer any more excuses to those who don't see that Irish speakers have a place in modern Ireland. 


In addition, RTÉ will produce new Irish-language series with the independent sector, includingCasáin Cheoil, an RTÉ/BBC Alba co-production that looks at the evolution of Irish and Scottish folk music, and Coimisiúin Na Talún, a four-part series on The Land Commission, which will be presented by the journalist Dan O'Brien.

In print and online …

In a new learning initiative, the top-selling RTÉ Guide will offer readers a weekly cut-out-and-keep Irish-language phrase guide, with accompanying pronunciation and usage guides.

RTÉ will also feature a wide range of engaging Bliain na Gaeilge content on a special website,  

Events …

RTÉ and the creators of the sell-out Banter shows will co-host a series of talks for Bliain na Gaeilge on a variety of topics related to the Irish language. The first Banter held entirely through Irish has already taken place, with plans in place to hold more events across the year. Stay tuned.

In collaboration with Opera Theatre Company, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra has recorded the first ever Irish-language opera, Eithne, which was performed in 2017 for the first time since 1909. Eithne will be launched as a double CD by RTÉ lyric fmlater in the year.

RTÉ will also support Seachtain na Gaeilge and, in a first, RTÉ Supporting the Arts will support the cultural programme of St Patrick’s Festival 2018.

Learning …

RTÉ is also set to organise a week-long training course in An Cheathrú Rua in the Connemara Gaeltacht, which will see twenty transition year students from Gaelscoileanna around the country attend NUI Galway’s Acadamh centre, where they will participate in a series of workshops given by award-winning producers of radio, television and online content.  The students will receive an invaluable insight into how the media works on a day-to-day basis, with onsite visits to RTÉ RnaG, RTÉ Nuacht and TG4, along with other independent media companies in the area. 

Elsewhere, RTÉ will develop a two-month communications course through Irish for Bliain na Gaeilge, which will see RTÉ staff and media practitioners visit students at the Dublin Gaelscoil, Coláiste Eoin, and provide a mixture of practical and theoretical classes on media studies. The ultimate aim is to take the learnings from the one-off course and develop it into an online education project available to Irish-speaking schools nationwide.

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