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NUACHT - recent successful events

BRITTANY, France. Coláiste na nGael is taking bookings now for its weekend, 22nd to 25th October, in the beautiful and historic town of St. Jacut de la Mer. Brittany is a large Celtic-speaking region, and about 15,000 speak the native Breton. It is the largest of the Celtic-speaking communities in
Europe. Leaflets with full details are available on request from Christy Evans. Also, at 01480 450412.

BALA and FRONGOCH. This Colaiste na nGael event took place 11th to 12th June. It was fully booked. Frongoch is the site of a prison camp where many who participated in the 1916 rebellion were later held. The place has a large lake and is very scenic. There were lessons in Irish to suit all standards, as well as talks and discussions.

SHAW'S CORNER. This was a one-day event arranged by Richard Schofield. At the Hertfordshire village of Ayot St. Lawrence the renowned Irish-born writer and wit spent his last years. His house and gardens were visited. There are many interesting relics of the great man to be seen. It is a popular attraction for people from all over the world. George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin in 1856. He died in 1950.

DURHAM. All who have such good memories of the last Coláiste na nGael gathering at Durham University will be eager to go there again. The weekend will be 2nd to 4th September. As well as learning Irish, there will be conducted walks around this beautiful and historic town and cathedral. To make bookings write to Christy Evans, Shenfield High School, Alexander Lane, Shenfield, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 8RY or 01480 450412

CHELMSFORD. The well attended twice monthly Irish language class given by Christy Evans will continue to July 6th. They are held at Trinity Methodist Church in Rainsford Road. All are welcome.

STIPERSTONES. Forty-five people attended this Shropshire event arranged by Fran O'Boyle on 5,6 and 7 of March. Very enjoyable and highly successful, it attracted people from all over the North-West. As well as the usual classes in Irish language there was hill walking, discussions and a market in good-quality Irish books. "Iris na Gaelige'' was on sale and was quickly sold out. This annual event is winning a warm spot in the esteem of so many who are Language enthusiasts.

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