Irish language in Holywood….

There’s a short snippet in this month’s issue of the Holywood Advertiser, on the first ever Irish Language Festival. Rory Blaney gave a talk on the role of Presbyterians in the survival of the language, Dr Sean MacCorraidh gave a workshop on the context and origin of various songs ‘as Gaeilge’, and a performance of ‘Cinnínb Or’ or Goldilocks by children’s theatre Ababú. According to Máire Zepf, chaifr of the Holywood Irish Society, “Instead of always looking to Belfast for events, we have shown the liveliness of the Holywood Irish Language community. We’re so pleased to have met so many new speakers that we didn’t know where here, as well as all the new faces that the festival has attracted”.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty