Oireachtas Na Samhna
October / November 2015, Letterkenny
This is a premier annual Irish event comprising 110 cultural events catering for all ages. There will be concerts, sessions, seminars, conference, workshops, lectures, AGMs, visual arts and exhibitions, and highly acclaimed competitions, promoting Ghaeilge throughout all its activities.
Some of the best of sean-nós traditional singing and dancing is showcased along with other traditional arts e.g. the violin, harp, uileann pipes, duets and much more. Audience attendance and viewing has increased worldwide in the past 10 years.
The inaugural Oireachtas na Gaeilge festival was held Monday, 17th May 1897, in Dublin, Ireland. The location was the Round Room in the Rotunda, one of the largest halls in the city at that time. It was a half-day festival and the attendance exceeded a thousand people, stunning the organisers. The level of interest was totally unanticipated. English was the primary language used in organising Oireachtas na Gaeilge in the early years.
Currently, Oireachtas na Gaeilge hosts Ireland’s foremost Irish-medium annual festival, Oireachtas na Samhna, and also organises The Oireachtas Literary Competitions, The Oireachtas Media Awards and The Annual Oireachtas Lecture.
The word Oireachtas in the 7th century meant ‘a meeting or congregation of ruling authorities’. To this day, Oireachtas na Gaeilge follows the tradition established by our ancestors hundreds of years ago, welcoming young and old, welcoming the writer, the poet, the singer, the dancer, the artist, the storyteller, the actor, the impersonator, the composer of music and songs, the musician and all the people of Ireland.
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