Official opening of Gaeláras Mhic Ardghail
The Newry Branch of the Gaelic League officially launch Gaeláras Mhic Ardghail, the new Irish Language Cultural Centre, in Chapel Street, Newry on Monday 18th February 2013 at 7.00pm.
This magnificent building provides educational, cultural and social facilities for the Irish Language Community of Newry and Mourne.
The Gaeláras is the culmination of a hard-working partnership of Newry and Mourne District Council, An Ciste Infheistíochta Gaeilge (The Irish Language Investment Fund), Comhaltas Uladh (Ulster Council of the Gaelic League) and the Newry Branch.
The Cultúrlann (Cultural Centre) provides a permanent home to the Gaelic League which has worked tirelessly over the last century in promoting and developing the Irish Language in the district.
The building houses a library, classrooms, exhibition space, an archive and an auditorium, provides a physical focus for the regeneration of the language in the area and will contribute greatly to the development of cultural tourism in the area.
The site was bequeathed to the Newry Irish language community by the McArdle family who had worked all their lives to promote the Irish language and culture in Newry.
The Gaeláras, a testament to their vision and generosity, will facilitate the mainstreaming of the Irish language into the social, educational and economic fabric of Newry.
The main funders of the project, representatives of the McArdle family, local politicians, Newry Gaels, the Trustees, architects and contractors will gather together at this auspicious occasion to launch the latest jewel in the cultural heritage of the City.
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