2003                                                                                uimh 4


Coláiste na nGael organises Irish language events throughout the year. Indeed, the winter of 2002 / 2003 witnessed unprecedented activity. Firstly, there was the weekend college at Basingstoke, Hampshire. As well as classes and music, 60 students visited a local stately home, Vyne Hall for a conducted tour. Coláiste welcomed a new teacher at the Basingstoke event. Máire Áine Ní Dhíreáin a native speaker from Inis Mór. College organiser Neil Duncan was greatly impressed: "Maire is a very pleasant and skillful teacher. Her advanced class was superb".

In November 2002, a very successful "Lá Gaelach" took place in Lichfield, Staffs. Local organiser Fran O Boyle led a guided tour of the famous cathedral in Irish. "Our Lá Gaelach is proof of the fine events our language community can organise. We were featured in the Irish language newspaper, SAOL''. In London the same day, 130 miles away, Cathal Ó Searcaigh gave a recital of poetry. Donal Ó Ceilleachair, delighted with the event's success said: "Over 200 people came to London's South Bank Arts Centre to hear Cathal's poems ".
In December 2002 there were two noteworthy events. At the annual Christmas Party (coisir) in London, Sister Máire Ní Chuinn celebrated her 80th birthday.
On 29th December, "Clancey's" public house in Arsenal, north London, closed. This pub was a favourite of Irish speakers. "Clancey's" was demolished to make way for the new Arsenal football ground. At last orders, the pub rose and sang Amhrán na bhFíann.

A.D. 2003

In January 2003 , "Le Chéile", the Essex Irish language group, resumed classes. As well as monthly meetings, Le Chéile will be organising a guided tour of an historic site during the year in the Chelmsford area.
Information: Christy Evans.

The Irish language Film Festival occurs in April at the Tricycle Cinema, Kilburn, London, Details from Christy Evans, or 0208 348 5016.

Fálróid na nGael. On 17th May, Jackie Wardlaw-Quirke (Galway University ) will conduct a tour, in Irish, of Ingatestone Hall , Essex. Cost (including lunch ) is £10. Details from Christy Evans.

Colaiste na nGael: a weekend of Irish classes 7th to 8th June. Also music and scenic walks. Basingstoke Irish Centre,Hampshire. Details from Neil Duncan at 01256 414 501

Colaiste na nGael: An Irish language weekend at the University of Durham, on 5th,6th and 7th Sept. Our residential college is in a private lane and close to the famous cathedral. Contact Christy Evans for details. Early booking advised.

Coláiste na nGael: St. Albans, Herts. A "Lá Gaelach" at the beautiful parkland conference centre in St. Albans. Talks, classes and a tour of the famous Roman Museum in Irish on 20th September.
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Gael: Stiperstones. The usual annual friendly social gathering will take place at this upland village in Shropshire. Irish conversation, music and if desired, some hill walking. A small donation is required. Details from Fran O Boyle at 01743 792993. This event is more suitable for fluent speakers of Irish

Coláiste na nGael: Den Bosch, Holland, 26,27,28 October. International Festival of the Irish Language. This event draws people from all over Europe. Den Bosch is a small medieval town which has some Irish speakers. Classes, events, scenic visits. Details from Christy Evans, Shenfield High School, Alexander Lane, Shenfield, Essex, CM15 8RY. Fax 01277 226 422.

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