The origin of 'the fáinne'
13 September 2016
Professor Emeritus with Irish in University College Dublin, Liam Mac Mathúna is an expert in linguistics having completed his doctorate in Innsbruck University, Austria. An editor of Éigse: A Journal of Irish Studies published by University of Ireland, Liam has extensively published on many aspects of Irish-language literature and culture.
Liam gave an insight into the origin of the 'fáinne' the pin badge worn to show fluency in, or a willingness to speak, the Irish Language which was founded in 1916.
The influence of 'the fáinne' on Belfast
20 September 2016
Dr. Liam Andrews is a member of the Irish-language community and having married a Welsh speaker has raised his family with Irish and Welsh. Encouraged by his parents, he attended classes at Cumann Chluain Árd, Belfast, and spent several months in different Gaeltacht areas. An avid collector of information about the history of the Irish-language community in Northern Ireland, he has created a small archive of source material which traces the history of the Irish language community of the 20th Century.
Music and the Irish language
27 September 2016
Manager and one of the founding members of Raidió Fáilte, the biggest Irish-language radio station in the north, Fergus Ó hÍr has worked for many years in the Irish-language sector. Fergus was the first Principal of Meánscoil Feirste (now Coláiste Feirste), the first Irish-medium secondary school in the north of Ireland. Fergus is especially interested in traditional singing and folk music and has produced and presented some quality programmes for Raidió Fáilte. Fergus gives us a personal insight into the changing face of Irish music.
Irish medium education
4 October 2016
One of the first pupils to go to Bunscoil Phobal Feirste, the first Irish-medium school in the north, Diarmaid Ua Bruadair was raised within the Shaw’s Road Irish-speaking community. A former teacher in Coláiste Feirste, and a current Board member of Irish language youth organisation, Cumann na bhFiann, Diarmaid is now the Principal of Gaelcholáiste Dhoire, a community led Irish-medium secondary school founded in 2015 in South Derry.
Fondly called 'Hogwarts na Gaeilge,' the school is located in the landmark heritage site of Dungiven Castle to meet the increasing demand for quality Irish-medium education at post-primary level in the area. Diarmaid will take us on a personal journey through Irish-medium education.