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Our aim is to have an all Irish language magazine eventually. Until we become fully established, some articles in English are included. They deal exclusively with matters relating to the history and development of the Irish language. If you have some Irish input please forward to the editor


Annan, Scotland
From May 1st to 3rd , over 40 enthusiasts of both Irish and Scottish Gaelic languages, had an interesting time at this picturesque border town. There were classes, lectures, music, dancing and hill walking There was much opportunity to speak and compare both languages. Four Provinces Bookshop, London attended and sold many books. One canny Scot spent over £100 on reading material. This event may be repeated next year.

This one-day event was organised by Mrs. Silver with help from the local Teach na hEireann. Thirty-eight visitors arrived. All expressed full satisfaction with the proceedings . This was a first-time event for Mrs. Silver's group of Irish language learners on 26. June

Leigh- on- Sea, Essex.
On board the yacht, " MV. Bembridge" on 15 May, forty Irish language enthusiasts had an interestimg experience. This event was planned and managed by 'Le Chéile' , the Irish language group from Chelmsford. Classes were organised . There was music , dancing and Irish conversation in plenty . Much seafood was consumed.

The Hampshire Irish language group, 'Os Ard' , has planned a one-day meeting here on 25 September. Winchester has the longest cathedral in England . Jane Austin and Izaak Walton are buried there. Phillip II of Spain and Queen Mary of England were married there. The town was once England's capital. There will be classes , lectures, lunch, sight-seeing and Irish language conversation. Early booking is advised.

Guernsey, Channel Islands

This international event organised by Coláiste na nGael promises to be the Irish language occasion of the year. It is almost fully booked already. Many Language enthusiasts from the Continent are expected. There is an active local group in Guernsey which is supervising details. As well as providing an opportunity to use one's Irish at all levels of knowledge, there will be classes, lectures, discussions, music and dancing. This event will be 23rd to 25th October.

Bala, North Wales.

This will be the first time for Coláiste na nGael to have a Welsh gathering . The hotel accomodation will be fine, the scenary attractive. Bala is quite near Frongoch where so many of those who were involved in 1916 were interned later . This event will be early in 2005 , and plans are being drawn up for classes, discussions and other activities to strengthen the use of one's Irish. Full details soon .


Enthusiasts in Sheffield are eager to have a Coláiste na nGael weekend in their city. Early next year their wish shall be realised . Many people in the North will be able to attend , mainly because of its central location, especially its convenient transport facilities. Full details will be available soon from local Language workers or from Coláiste na nGael itself.


Because of the outstanding success of the last weekend held there by Coláiste na nGael , when over 60 people from all parts attended , there will be a similar event at Durham during 2005. Plans are being drawn up. Full details will be available well in advance.


Everyone seemed to enjoy the weekend , despite the cold and the snow, in this historic town of Cromford , Derbyshire in February last . The Industrial Revolution started here , and the relics of that great event in the area evoked lively interest in the Irish language visitors who came for the weekend. Another similar occasion is planned for 2005. Full details in our later editions and from Coláiste na nGael.

Additional information from: Coláiste na nGael; Donal 0280 348 5016 or Charles 01480 450412.

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