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Arranmore to host third annual Peadar O’Donnell weekend

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Arranmore to host  third annual Peadar O’Donnell weekend

Peadar O'Donnell

The third annual Peadar O’Donnell weekend will take place on Arranmore Island from the 14-16th of September.

The conference theme Oileánaigh – Céimeanna Chun Tosaigh: Islanders – Moving Forward is inspired by Peadar O’Donnell’s sense of productive action and will emphasise how islanders can champion progress during an era of change and challenge.

Building on the success of last year’s conference, which generated respected discussion of potential employment opportunities for Arranmore Island, the guest speakers this year will explore how language, locality and education can offer new views of island living in the modern era.

As we celebrate Bliain na Gaeilge we are reminded of the old Irish proverb “Tír gan Teanga, Tír gan Anam” and how language is the heart and soul of our heritage and culture.

The organisers say they are very privileged to  have a host of respected and distinguished speakers: John Boyle (INTO), Seán Ó Longáin (Barrister and former CEO of Donegal ETB), Dr Cassie Smith-Christmas (Research Fellow, NUI Galway), Bernadette Devlin McAllisky (STEP), Anna Ní Ghallachair (Chairperson Údarás na Gaeltachta), Ethel Buckley (Deputy General Secretary, SIPTU), Joe McHugh (Minister of State and Government Chief Whip).