11 October 2007 Edition
Major Sinn Féin Irish Language Conference for Howth
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Next weekend, 19-21 October in Howth, County Dublin republicans/Irish language activists and Gaelgeoirí from all over Ireland shall gather to celebrate and discuss the success of the Irish language renaissance and the reconquest of natural resources.
The Sinn Féin Slógadh is an annual celebration of the language and this year augers to be the best yet. Packed with debates, tours, craic agus ceol the scenic surroundings of Howth in North Dublin shall provide an apt backdrop for this event.
Slógadh Shinn Féin is the party’s annual Irish language gathering. It is open to all Irish speakers, learners of Irish and those with just a cúpla focail. It is taking place this year over the weekend of 19, 20 and 21 October in the Deer Park Hotel. This is the first time Dublin has hosted the Slógadh since it began in 1986.
There will be debates, a historical tour, ceol agus craic. Mícheál Ó Seighin of the Rossport Five will deliver Léacht an tSlógaidh.
Speaking following the announcement that Micheál Ó Seighin, one of the Rossport 5 and key member of the Shell to Sea campaign, will be the guest speaker at this year’s Slógadh, Senator Pearse Doherty has said:
“I welcome the news that Micheál Ó Seighin shall be at this conference as a special guest. Micheál personifies activism in today’s Ireland.
“Sinn Féin is fully behind the Shell to Sea campaign and are proud to have Micheál as a speaker.
“The theme of this year’s conference will be the reconquest of natural resources.
“Sinn Féin is the only political party to organise an annual Irish language conference. The Slógadh brings together Gaelgeoirí for debate, music and craic. It is open to everyone.
“The survival and revival of Irish has been our country’s cultural success story. More and more people are using Irish. Young children in particular are being educated in increasing numbers through the medium of Irish and it is their future and their rights that must be cherished.”
All members are encouraged to attend and Sinn Féin’s Roinn an Chultúir request a special effort to encourage Irish speakers from outside the party to attend.
Accommodation at a very reasonable rate is available in the hotel.
No other political party in Ireland hosts such an event and Roinn an Chultúir chairperson Séanna Walsh commenting on the importance of this weekend said:
“The organisers of this event from Roinn an Chultúir Baile Átha Cliath must be commended for their efforts in putting such an interesting clár together. The reconquest of natural resources is this year’s theme and we look forward to a healthy and hearty debate in Irish.
“I am pleased to announce that Gerry Adams MP MLA, the Six County Sinn Féin Minister for Education Caitríona Ruane and EU MEP Bairbre de Brún will all be in attendance in what augers to be a truly revolutionary weekend.
• For further information contact Eimear Ni Mhurchadha [email protected] or 087 9691620.
Clár an tSlógaidh
7.30in Fáiltiú agus oscailt
8.00in CearCeardlann: Gaelú Shinn Féin-an bealach seo romhainn
9.30in Seisiún cheoil
11.00rn Díospóireacht – Todhchaí an eite chlé in Éirinn
12.30in Comórtas Poc Fada CLG Bhinn Éadair Tae/Caifé, ceapairí ar fail sa chlub
2.30in Turas Stairiúil thart ar Bhinn Éadair
6.00in Dinnéar san óstán
7.30in Léacht an tSlógaidh - Mícheál Ó Seighin ón Cúigear, Ros Dumhach
9.00in Bronnadh Gradam na Poblachta
9.30in Oíche cheoil agus amhránaíochta
12.00in Comóradh ar phoblachtánach áitiúil – Pearse McLaughlin