The Irish Language: A Day of Literature, Film and Song (Sat 21 January)
I conceived and co-organised this event with ICC Hammersmith and University of Liverpool in London's Institute of Irish Studies. Over 75 people attended this bi-lingual event at Finsbury Square, EC1 - welcomed by His Excellency Dan Mulhall and hosted by Prof Peter Shirlow. Short video excerpts from Prof Alan Titley's keynote lecture on Padraic O Conaire, Deoraiocht (1910) and Irish London' may be found here [link] is as Gaeilge with occasional interlocutions in English. Titley [seen left] is a lively and engaging as you will hear. The full programme flier is here.
In the afternoon session, I presented on 'Gearrscannan: Irish Language Film, A Very Short History', with Sean Hutton presenting in Irish on the poet Eithne Strong, with two short films on her, one of which was directed by Sarah Strong, who was present as our special guest and introduced her film. This was followed by a short film programme of screenings in Irish from Bord Scannan na Eireann and TG4, courtesy of IFI International. A Q&A followed.
My ppt slides, notes and further reading handouts from the day and Sean Hutton's notes in Irish will follow shortly here or contact me by email. I live tweeted the day via @CISLondon. For those of you wishing to read O Conaire in English, I recommend Gearailt Mac Eoin's translation Exile (London: Peter Owen Publishers, 2009. [Orig. Clo Iar-Chonnachta Teo, 1994]).
The day was wrapped up with music and sean nos singing from Marianne McAllen, with Eddie Saddington and Finn McAllen. Stand out performance was Eileanor na Run. [see the carousel of images below left]
Huge thanks are due to the Embassay of Ireland, London for hospitality, and special thanks go to my colleagues Collette Mackin, Manager of ICC Hammersmith, Dorothy Lynch, Development Officer of IIS, Liverpool and to all the support staff on the day. The event is part of a longer-term project supported by the Irish Government, more information on which is given below.
The Irish Language Project, ICC and IIS Liverpool in London
The Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool, won a 3-year Irish Government grant to support the Irish language in London and develop it nationally. [Irish Studies].
I was the bid writer and am its academic consultant on events. IIS's main partner in this is the Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith. This project commenced in September 2016 with classes at the ICC from beginners to intermediate levels.
The first main event is an Irish language day of literature, film and music at the University of Liverpool's London campus at Finsbury Square on Saturday 21 January 2017, featuring Prof Alan Titley. A full programme and bookings can be made via the ICC website: Plans are also well in hand for an Irish language class field trip in May 2017. We are planning a national level conference for teacher practitioners and academics in September 2017.