Lá na Gaeilge: Irish Language Day

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Míle buíochas a chairde for joining us for our online Lá na Gaeilge on May 7, 2022. We are very excited to celebrate virtually with all of you and our wonderful guests. Irish Fulbright Scholar Réaltín Mc Elhinney will host this event. Réaltín is from Inis Eoghain, County Donegal, an area which will be proudly represented throughout the program. We are honored to have a wealth of experts to celebrate and showcase the importance of many aspects of the Irish Language and Culture through history, heritage, food, and Irish traditional music.

This annual bilingual program represents a joint commitment by Elms College and the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England to celebrate the Irish Language and Culture with the community.

At the end of the event there will be a conversation session or Ciorcál Comhrá for people of all levels to speak or listen to the Irish Language. This encapsulates the connections made by Réaltín between Conradh na Gaeilge Iarthar MA and Glór Inis Eoghain throughout the year in conjunction with Elms College and the ICC.

Lá na Gaeilge will take place on Zoom on Saturday, May 7 from 12:00–3:30 pm EST. The program is free, but registration is required.

12:00 pm – Réaltín Mc Elhinney Introduction & Paula Melvin
12:15 pm – Pádraig Ó Dochartaigh
1:00 pm – Clodagh Warnock
1:20 pm – William Mc Elhinney
2:00 pm – Manchán Magan
3:00 pm – Conversation Session (Ciorcal Comhrá)

If you have any questions contact Réaltín Mc Elhinney at mcelhinneyr@elms.edu.


Paula MelvinPaula Melvin – Conradh na Gaeilge
Paula Melvin was elected Tánaiste of Conradh na Gaeilge by the Coiste Gnó in 2017.  She has served as a trustee of the organisation since 2014. Paula is also the Chairperson of the Conradh’s Development Subcommittee. At the local level, she co-founded the Pobal Gaeilge 15 branch in Dublin 15. Pobal Gaeilge 15 played an integral role in the establishment of Coláiste na Tulchann and have organised some of the largest events worldwide for Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia.

Paula is a member of the Ógras steering board, the Conradh’s diversity committee, an Siopa Leabhar’s board and Conradh na Gaeilge’s human resources and finance committee. She also attends meetings of the Meitheal Gaeltachta. Paula was the deputy secretary of na Gaeil Óga GAA club and was a presenter with Raidió na Life. Paula sat on Fingal County Council’s Irish language committee. She is a founding member of the #TrasnaNadTonnta twitter campaign. Paula was elected Irish Language Officer on Saint Patrick’s College, Dublin City University’s Students’ Union. She was also elected chairperson of the college’s Irish Language Society. Paula is employed as Programme Manager with the Fulbright Commission in Ireland. Paula was elected President of Conradh na Gaeilge Saturday 25th February 2022 at the organisation’s annual Ard-Fheis held in Galway.

Paddy DohertyPádraig Ó Dochartaigh – Glór Inis Eoghain 
Pádraig Ó Dochartaigh is a proud native of the Inishowen peninsula in north Donegal. His grand uncle was one of the last Gaelic speakers in the peninsula and he hailed from the Urris area of the peninsula. This last bastion of the language made a big impression on the young Pádraig and he made his mind up to study and preserve some of that heritage. He has spent many years teaching Gaeilge in a community school in the Inishowen peninsula and now is a lecturer in Gaeilge in the Ulster University, Magee Campus, Derry City.

Clodagh WarnockClodagh Warnock
Clodagh Warnock lives in Moville, Inishowen. She began playing the fiddle at the age of 7 and was a founder member of the highly acclaimed band Déanta, playing fiddle, bouzouki and bodhrán. Déanta were subsequently signed to the American record company Green Linnet and produced 3 albums. Clodagh has toured extensively and has performed and taught workshops at major festivals throughout the world. She is a current committee member of the Inishowen Traditional Music Project, and a co-founder of the Ceolan School of Music in Moville which is now in its 13th year. She will be joined today to play some tunes by some of her former students.

William Mc Elhinney William Mc Elhinney 
William Mc Elhinney is from Inishowen, Co Donegal, where he created the multi award winning heritage company Wild Strands in 2016. He is known as The Seaweed Man and has presented widely on the topic of Irish Food Culture, particularly our forgotten heritage foods, especially seaweed. He established the experiential Wild Strands Caifé in Malin Head in 2018 inspired by a modern sustainable take on Irish Heritage food with all dishes containing seaweed. Wild Strands delivers educational, wellness and tourism projects. William presently works for Leave No Trace Ireland, he is a Marine Explorers Officer, Tai Chi qigong instructor and a Heritage Expert for the Heritage in School Programme. Wild Strands is a lead partner in delivering Stories of Change Project a Creative Ireland funded initiative to address Climate Change.

Manchán Magan Manchán Magan 
Manchán Magan is a writer and documentary-maker. He has written books on his travels in Africa, India and South America and two novels. He writes occasionally for The Irish Times on culture and travel, presents the RTÉ podcast The Almanac of Ireland, and is author of the award-winning, best-selling Thirty-Two Words For Field, and his new illustrated book Tree Dogs, Banshees Fingers and other Irish Words for Nature. He has made dozens of documentaries on issues of world culture for TG4, RTÉ  and Travel Channel. He lives in an oak wood, with bees and hens, in a grass-roofed house near Lough Lene, Co Westmeath.

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