Irish langauge evening classes in Armagh will be recommencing for all levels of learners on the evening of Wednesday 19 September. The classes, which focus on spoken Irish and are organised by local social enterprise Cairde Teo, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 028 3751 5229 or call in to the CAIRDE Teo office in the Eurospar Shopping Centre on Thomas Street.
As well as the weekly classes, Cairde Teo will be holding intensive Irish language courses on Saturday 15 September in conjunction with the Armagh GAA Culture Committee and will be held in the Ceannáras at the Athletic Grounds in Ard Mhacha between 10.30am and 3.30pm. The cost of £10 includes lunch and places must be booked beforehand by contacting Seán at email@example.com or on 028 3751 5229. Cairde Teo supports the Líofa initiative, which was introduced 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. Over 21,000 people have already signed up to the Líofa campaign and Cairde Teo is encouraging all learners from Armagh to sign up to the Líofa pledge.
The intensive course is part of Féile an Fhómhair, a special weekend of activities to celebrate Bliain na Gaeilge or Irish language year. A special Irish language family celebration will be held on Friday 14 September with a family barbeque and disco at the Cathedral Road Recreation Centre from 6.30pm. On the Saturday morning, Irish speakers and learners are being invited to take part in the weekly Parkrun at the Palace Demesne at 9.30am. The intensive courses take place afterwards between 10.30am and 3.30pm. On the Sunday, there will be a walk to Sessiamagaroll Fort to hear about its history, starting at 3pm in Benburb village. The group will then call in to the Bottle of Benburb pub for their afternoon Irish traditional and folk session to wrap up the weekend’s celebration.