Seachtain na Gaeilge 2015, Ireland’s Cultural Festival
This year’s Seachtain na Gaeilge, also known as SnaG (Irish Language Week), runs from the 1st to the 17th of March.
SnaG is one of the biggest festivals of our national language and culture in Ireland. It runs up to Saint Patrick’s Day on the 17th of March, and is celebrated in many other countries.
As of the 1st of March:
- Irish week at Blackrock Castle Observatory
- Irish films at the IFI, Temple Bar, Dublin city
- Placename exhibition, Gorey, Wexford
- Irish Alphabet, botanical art exhibition, Bunclody, Wexford
- Storytelling with Seó Ó Maolalaí, Halla Contae Fhine Gall
For a full list of the many events taking place around the country, visit the official SnaG website.
About the Festival
Anyone can take part in the hundred of events organised around the country. If you’re enthusiastic about the Irish language and eager to increase your knowledge of it, then find out what events are planned in your local area. Since local authorities and volunteers run many events, there’s sure to be one in your vicinity.
No matter what grade of Irish speaker you are: fluent, learner or a novice, there are numerous entertaining and fun events to suit all ages and walks of life.
Croí na teanga — it’s you!
You can get involved with voluntary and community groups, local authorities, schools, libraries, and music, sports, arts and culture organisations; help organise events for SnaG in your area.
Why is SnaG running for two weeks?
Seachtain na Gaeilge was established in 1902 and is an annual festival in celebration of the Irish language and culture. It’s a widely recognised brand name and understood across Ireland. Its festivals have grown from strength-to-strength in recent years, thus the festival’s duration has grown from a week to up to two weeks. Since Seachtain na Gaeilge is the original brand name, it had been decided that it felt right to keep it!
Are you interested in the Irish language or Irish culture? Leave us a comment in Irish to test your skills.
The STAR Team