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15 Aug 2017
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Local Irish language organisation Cairde Teo will be holding free intensive Irish language courses on Saturday 9 September  in conjunction with the Department for Communities’ Líofa initiative. The Armagh course is being organised alongside Armagh GAA and will be held in the Ceannáras at the Athletic Grounds in Ard Mhacha between 10am and 4pm. Lunch will be provided, but you must book a place beforehand by contacting Seán at sean@cairdeteo.com or on 028 3751 5229. All participants must be registered with the Líofa campaign or sign up on the day of the course. The Líofa initiative was designed by former Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure, Carál Ní Chuilín, to encourage those interested in the Irish language to make a personal pledge to learn and achieve fluency in the language.  A total of 19,720 people had already signed up to the Líofa pledge by mid August 2017 and it is expected that that number will soon reach 20,000.

Irish langauge evening classes in Armagh will be recommencing for all levels of learners on the evening of Wednesday 20 September. The classes, which are very enjoyable, are held in the Irish Medium Unit of St Catherine’s College and have proven extremely popular with adults and a number of younger people also attending. With the continuing growth of the Irish language education sector in Armagh, many parents whose children receive their education in local naíscoileanna, bunscoileanna and meánscoileanna attend the classes. If you have an interest in learning Irish for the first time or improving on the level of Irish that you have, why not sign up for the classes and join the hundreds of Irish speakers and enthusiasts in Armagh. Contact Seán on sean@cairdeteo.com or 028 3751 5229 or call in to the CAIRDE Teo office located in the Cult Úr shop in Armagh City Shopping Centre on Thomas Street.

The renewed interest in the native language of Ireland continues unabated with people from all sections of the community learning the language for the first time. There are many opportunities for people in the Armagh area to learn the language, with classes across the city and district, and indeed throughout the county. There are also a number of recreational groups and conversation groups in Armagh city where learners and fluent speakers can practice their language skills. A bilingual hillwalking group called Siúil welcomes walkers to take part in their monthly programme of walks on the first Saturday of every month. As well as holding a weekly conversation and music session every Tuesday evening in the Northern Bar from 9.30pm, Ciorcal Comhrá Ard Mhacha also organise many events and trips throughout the year to celebrate our Gaelic and Celtic heritage. A conversation group Comhrá agus Craic takes place every Tuesday evening from 7pm in Embers café in Market Street with all levels of learners welcome to come along for a cup of coffee and a chat. There are endless opportunities in Armagh to learn and use the Irish language and you can find out more by contacting Seán at CAIRDE Teo.