Suil Charad – Irish Language exhibition recommences….

Cookstown

IRISH language exhibition Suil Charad, is back on the road after a Christmas break. The exhibition on Irish language publications from the past 200 years, has been put together by POBAL, will be out on the road again in January.

The exhibition and accompanying booklet document publications in Irish over more than 200 years, and a full, comprehensive schedule has been arranged for the exhibition this year, starting with an extended trip to Cookstown. On Monday 23rd January, Suil Charad will be in Cookstown Library. It will remain there until Monday 6th February, when it will move to the Burnavon Centre, also in the town. There will be an official launch in the library on Tuesday 24th January, at 11am.

Treasures of the Irish Language

Amongst those present will be Seamus Mac Giolla Phadraig, an Irish teacher and member of Comhaltas Uladh and the Rosgoill Gaeltacht, who will give a short talk on the language and publications. Bernie McCann Area Manger for Libraries NI, will officially welcome the exhibition to the library. ” We are very greatful again to Libraries NI for their continuing support in displaying the Suil Charad exhibition in libraries around the Six Counties,” said Janet Muller, Chief Executive of POBAL, ” This is an important piece of work, which documents the growth of the Irish speaking community in this part of the country for more than 200 years, and it is clear from the interest being shown in it that it is an extremely valuable asset to the community.”

Irish writing of 8th century

Also present will be Sean Clarke, chairperson of the local council; as well as pupils from Scoil Mhuire, the Irish language stream in Pomeroy. ” It’s great that these pupils are coming to see the exhibition,” said Seimi Mac Aindreasa, Development Officer with POBAL, and one of those who researched the exhibition and accompanying booklet.” This history and heritage belongs to them and their families, and it’s important that they should see that there was and is , a large, strong, Irish speaking community around them.” They can also look at the exhibition, read the booklet, and then answer some questions and play some games in the package we have compiled for the childern.” Suil Charad will move to the Burnavon Centre on 6th February, with support from Cookstown District Council.

Phone : +44(0)28  90  438132 eolas@pobal.org.

With Thanks to the Mid- Ulster Mail.

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