Today saw the close of another very successful Summer School in Oideas Gael. Over 120 participants from all over the world arrived in Gleann Cholm Cille last Saturday to enjoy a week of language learning that catered for various levels each morning and afternoon workshops in bodhrán with Paddy Mór, tin whistle with Liam O’Neill, set dancing with Colm & Seán Treanor, sean-nós singing with Gearoidín Bhreathnach, sean-nós dancing with Máire Áine Ní Iarnáin, drama with Ray Yeates, hillwalking with Tony Birtill and Italian cooking as Gaeilge with Salvatore!
Every year the Scoil Samhraidh features a varied programme of evening activities. After our Gathering event on Sunday Seoirse Ó Dochartaigh entertained participants at the School. On Monday night Ray Yeates and friends staged their play, ‘Dara an Choctaw agus Hip Nós’. An Dr Nollaig Ó Muraíle of the National University of Ireland, Galway, gave the Tuesday night lecture “Tír Chonaill agus Inis Eoghain, nascanna leis an chuid eile den Eoraip sa 16ú agus 17ú aois”. On Wednesday night Tale of the Gael performed a midweek concert. Hosted by Gearoidín Bhreathnach, the Thursday night sean-nós concert was, as usual, a highlight and featured singers from the Donegal Gaeltacht including Lillis Ó Laoire. Friday night’s closing concert featured Máire Brennan, Ashley Davis & Cormac de Barra and was followed by the Céilí Mór.
We had two book launches during the Summer School. Professor Joe Watson launched Críona Ní Gháirbhith’s Gaeilge an Chláir on Tuesday evening. The book, which is in Irish and English, is a collection of words and phrases in Irish that are used in the everyday conversational English of County Clare.
On Thursday evening Éamonn Ó Dónaill launched Colm Ó Snodaigh‘s new book Istigh sa Cheol. Colm’s monthly articles for online magazine Beo.ie from 2006-2011 formed the basis for this collection of essays on music.
Keep an eye on our Facebook and Flickr pages for photos from the week, coming soon!