Irish language Rights and Revelry event launched

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Thursday, October 4th, 2012
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South Armagh is buzzing about POBAL’s massive 4th annual Irish language Rights and Revelry event which will take place over Friday 5th and Saturday 6th October. Seán Mac Diarmada of Gaeltacht Oirdheisceart Uladh said, “Irish speakers from South East Ulster can’t wait for this year’s event. It just grows and grows every year. As well as new bilingual bus tours, the best of music and entertainment, we will have the first ever Umbrella Parade in support of Irish language legislation, and the first ever Irish language event in the 150 year history of the Ulster Hall.” Musicians and singers from Scoil Phádraig Naofa in Crossmaglen will perform in the Ulster Hall and young people from Ógras Oirialla, the local Irish language youth club, will take part in the parade with their own decorated umbrellas. Janet Muller POBAL’s Chief Executive said, “This year’s event promises to be even bigger and better than last year. This will be a great family festival with Irish language arts, entertainment, activities, and a serious message – Irish language legislation offers protection to the language, it is not a threat.” The list of amazing events during the two-day event is growing, with bus tours of key sites for the history of the Irish language in Belfast on the Friday night and Saturday afternoon, the unique Umbrella Parade gathering at Belfast City Hall at 12 noon on the Saturday, followed by a packed afternoon of entertainment at the Ulster Hall. This includes the heart-stopping Belfast Circus high-octane act, juggling maestro Johnny Ó Faoláin, multi-cultural workshops and renowned Scottish Gaelic singers, Art Mac Cormaic and Ingrid Henderson topping the bill. Belfast’s own Irish language radio station, Raidió Fáilte, will carry out a live outside broadcast from the Ulster Hall between 2 -3 pm. Further information from POBAL, +44(0)28 90 438132,
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