Celebrating St Colmcille this weekend

Celebrating St Colmcille this weekend
A festival celebrating the heritage of St Colmcille takes place this weekend in Glencolmcille.

A festival celebrating the heritage of St Colmcille takes place this weekend in Glencolmcille.

The festival Opening Address will be delivered at 8pm on Friday night by Dr Eithne Ni Ghallchobhair of Royal Irish Academy.

This will be followed, at 8.30pm, by one of the highlights of the weekend, a bi-lingual lecture on the links between Donegal and the Hebrides by Aidan O’Hara. The Donegal broadcaster, who spent many years with both RTÉ and the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) has just written a new book on this rich, fascinating topic.

Dr Dr Seosamh Watson will officially launch the book ‘Altlantic Gaels – Donegal Links with the Hebrides’ on Saturday at 7.30pm.

There are a host of other great events taking place over the weekend, including a beginner’s conversation class in Scots Gaelic taught by Andreas Wollf, a broadcaster with BBC Alba and an instructor in the Ulpan method of language teaching.

There will also be a concert of Gàidhlig and Gaeilge songs performed by Nóilín Ni Cholla; hillwalking along the famous Colmcille Turas, a tour of the Fr. McDyer Folk Village, and traditional music sessions.

Further information from Oideas Gael on oideasgael@eircom.net or 074 973 0248.