The challenges to the Gaeltacht and the Irish language in the current climate will be topic up for discussion at the annual Éigse Uladh which will be held in Gaoth Dobhair this weekend.
The official opening of the éigse will be held in Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, Páirc Ghnó Ghaoth Dobhair this Friday evening at 8.30pm. Prior to that there will be Fáiltiú na hÉigse.
At 9pm there will be a discussion and talk on the Éigse theme, “Na Dushláin atá ann don Ghaeltacht agus don Ghaeilge in am seo an ghanntanais”. Following that at 10pm refreshments will be served.
On Saturday from 11am to 2pm there will be a Food and Crafts Fair held in the Crannóg, Derrybeg. At 2pm the preliminary rounds of An Béal Binn, the recitation competition for playschools, national schools and post primary schools will be held in Pobal Scoil Ghaoth Dobhair. The final of this competition will be held in the Pobal Scoil starting at 7.30pm.
The éigse mass will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, Derrybeg on Sunday at 11.30am. After the mass if you are in the mood for walking there is a walk through Glenveagh National Park. The guide on the day will be Gaoth Dobhair native, Domhnall Ó Cnáimhsí, who works as a gardener in Glenveagh.
This is the 43rd year of Éigse Uladh. The event is organised by the éigse committee in association with Comhar Chumann Forbartha Ghaoth Dobhair and additional information is available from 074 9532208 or 9531008.
Teach Thomáis in Middletown, Derrybeg, will have a display of their Irish books during the Éigse.