Welcome in Irish - photo credit -  David Precious (Flickr)

Welcome in Irish – photo credit – David Precious (Flickr)

The Irish language was the most widely spoken language on the island of Ireland until the 19th century.  But, nowadays, it’s a language that is hardly used in modern-day Ireland.  This week is Seachtain na Gaeilge, which is the time put aside to learn a little Irish. The language is promoted, not just in Ireland, but worldwide. It gives everybody a chance to have fun with the Irish language. Seachtain na Gaeilge runs until the 17th of March.

This is a great excuse to brush up or begin with learning a new language. What better time than with Saint Patrick’s Day around the corner, a day when everyone wants to be Irish? You can go that extra mile and, not only paint your face green, but also speak Gaeilge at the same time.

Seachtain na Gaeilge runs from the 1st to the 17th of March. You can download an app called Snag which will tell you all the events taking place until Saint Patrick’s Day.

The aim of this week is to promote Irish language through activities such as music, lectures, poetry, sport, and theatre. So let’s all be really Irish in the run-up to Saint Patrick’s Day.

The Seo Linn, whose lyrics are only in the Irish language, will be performing in Colaiste Iosagain/Eoin, in Stillorgan, this Thursday, the 12th of March.

The festival gives everyone an opportunity to enjoy Irish, whether you are a fluent speaker, learner, or have a cúpla focal, with a calendar of entertaining and fun events for every type of interest and every age group. So come along and enjoy the fun while learning Irish.