ÉIGSE THOMÁIS UÍ AODHA, 2019
11-12 Deireadh Fómhair, 2019 in Áras OaC, Sráid na Cathrach
This second annual Irish-language cultural event, organised by Oidhreacht an Chláir, will take place in Miltown Malbay on Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12 in Áras OaC, Flag Rd, in memory of the Miltown poet, author and cartographer Tomás Ó hAodha (1866-1935), a major figure in the Gaelic revival at the turn of the 20th century.
The event is supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under the Community Strand of the Decade of Centenaries programme, through Clare Co. Council.
On Friday night at 8pm, Dr Tomás Mac Conmara will give a lecture, Na Dubhchrónaigh i gContae an Chláir: stair agus cuimhne (‘The Black and Tans in Co. Clare: history and memory’), which will include extensive extracts in English from his interviews of Clare people regarding that period under the Cuimhneamh an Chláir oral history project over the years . There will also be an exhibition of the personal archive of Tomás Ó hAodha, donated to Oidhreacht an Chláir by his late grandniece Catríona McHale, a native of Miltown.
On Saturday there will be a Ceardlann Amhránaíochta (Singing workshop) with Máire Ní Chéileachair (winner of Corn Uí Riada, 2018) from 10.30 am to 12.00 noon.
At 12.15 pm there will be a visit to Tomás Ó hAodha’s house in the Ennis Road.
At 2pm, the official local list of Subscribers to the first Dáil Éireann Internal Loan in 1919-20 from the Coore Area of Kilmurry Ibrickane parish will be exhibited for the first time.
That will be followed by the launch of the booklet How Irish is our English? Focail Ghaeilge atá beo fós i mBéarla an cheantair seo, a list of the Irish words and phrases still in use in the English of this area. All the material has been collected in recent months by children from Miltown, Rineen, Mágh and Clohanbeg National Schools, with the assistance of their parents, grandparents and neighbours under a special Oidhreacht an Chláir project. A total of 64 schoolchildren, assisted by about 180 adults as sources of the words, participated in the project.
From 3pm to 4pm, there will be a Pop-Up Gaeltacht in Clancy’s, providing a friendly and informal setting for people of all levels of competence to chat in Irish.
From 4pm to 6pm, in Cleary’s there will be a Seisiún Amhránaíochta agus Ceoil with Máire Ní Chéileachair and musicians Therese McInerney and Francis Cunningham.
Admission to all events is free. Fáilte roimh chách.