Seachtain na Gaeilge / Irish Language Week 4th - 17th March 2013


Seachtain na Gaeilge will get off to a flying start in Donegal, when the annual festival will be launched in Gaoth Dobhair Library on Monday 4th March at 11.00am. The Irish Language Week international festival will take place from 4 - 17 March 2013 and a wide range of events is planned for County Donegal during the festival. The festival events will be officially launched by Cllr. Pádraig Ó Dochartaigh, Chairperson of the Glenties Electoral Area Committee and Member of the Council’s Coiste na Gaeilge.

Seachtain na Gaeilge is an international Irish-language festival promoting the use of Irish language and culture, both at home and abroad, running over a fortnight in March every year. The festival has built up incredible momentum in recent years, becoming the largest celebration of our native language and culture held every year. The festival gives absolutely everyone a chance to enjoy the Irish language, be they native Irish speakers, language learners or those with only a few words.

Speaking before the launch, Cllr Pádraig Ó Dochartaigh stated that he was ‘delighted that almost 80 events have been organised throughout County Donegal between the fourth and seventeenth of March to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge, and I am very pleased that the County Council and the Library Services are taking part in Seachtain na Gaeilge again this year. Among the events organised by the Library Services for children and young people there will be storytelling, quizzes, drama, singing, recitations, poetry, handicrafts, genealogy workshops, old picture displays, music and dancing and Irish language book displays. For adults there will be some conversation groups, as well as a talk on placenames and coffee mornings and various displays”, he stated. He thanked the Library Service Staff and the Community and Gaeltacht groups for their great work in promoting the Irish language in the County throughout the festival, and in its aftermath.

2013 is an important year for Seachtain na Gaeilge as the festival will also be a part of the tourism initiative, The Gathering Ireland, which will be attracting hundreds of thousands of extra visitors to Ireland throughout the year; and also a part of Bliain na Gaeilge, a celebration of 120 years of the Irish language revival and movement since Conradh na Gaeilge was set up in 1893.

For more information on events in Donegal, please click here.  


Seán Ó Daimhín
Oifigeach Gaeilge, Comhairle Contae Dhún na nGall
074 9172496