Lá na Gaeilge: Language Day

La na Gaeilge

The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England will hold its 23rd annual Lá na Gaeilge (Irish Language Day) on Saturday, May 4, 2024. The event will be held in Berchmans Hall at Elms College in Chicopee, MA. It is an opportunity for those with an interest in this ancient language, which is now enjoying a resurgence, to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of this vital component of Irish culture.

Lá na Gaeilge is a unique opportunity for everyone to take part in Irish language learning. The program consists of two classes available at three levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

As well as instructional classes, Lá na Gaeilge includes a choice of workshop (set dancing, calligraphy, or tin whistle). There will also be a lecture on the The Irish Dialect of South Leinster given by Annie Mary Jowett, Elms FLTA. The event concludes with a raffle and trivia with prizes.

$50 per person / $45 for ICC Patrons / $15 for students aged 21 and under. The price includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Registrations are due by April 29. To register:
Download and mail in a registration form with payment >
Register and pay online (service fee will apply) >

Clár an Lae (Program)
• 8:30 – 9:00 am: Clárú (Registration)
• 9:00 – 9:30 am: Fáiltiú (Welcome)
• 9:30 – 10:45 am: Rang 1 (Class 1)
• 10:45 – 11:15 am: Sos Tae (Tea Break)
• 11:15 am – 12:15 pm: Rogha Ceardlann (Choice of Workshops):
Rince Seit (Set Dancing), Peannaireacht (Calligraphy), or Ranganna Feadóg Stáin (Tin Whistle Lessons)
• 12:15 – 1:15 pm: Lón (Lunch)
• 1:15 – 1:30 pm: Grianghraf Grúpa (Group Photo)
• 1:30 – 2:45 pm: Rang 2 (Class 2)
• 3:00 – 3:45 pm: Léacht (Lecture) – Canúint Gaeilge Deisceart Chúige Laighean (The Irish Dialect of South Leinster) le Fulbright FLTA Annie Mary Jowett
• 3:45 – 4:15 pm: Crannchur & Ráiteas Clabhsúir (Raffle & Closing Remarks)
• 4:15 – 5:00 pm: Tráth na gCeist le duaiseanna (Trivia with Prizes)

Online registration ends at 9 am on Wednesday, May 1. If you would still like to register, please contact Annie Jowett at jowetta@elms.edu.

Visit the Elms College website for information on parking. The program will be held in Berchmans Hall.

Refunds will be honored only if the applicant is unable to attend due to late unforeseen circumstances. Please write to irishcenterwne@gmail.com with an explanation by May 3 and the request will be processed shortly after.