Gaeláras Mhic Ardghail: Making the vision a reality in Newry

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
There was a large lively crowd in Newry’s new Gaeláras on Friday 25th January when the Deputy Mayor of Newry and Mourne, Councillor Packie Mac Donald, launched ‘Trioblóidí: A Bilingual Community History Exhibition on the Troubles.’ The newly established cultural and heritage centre on Upper Chapel Street in the centre of Newry will be hosting the exhibition for a fortnight. The Deputy Mayor said that he was greatly impressed. Speaking to Newry Times, he stated, “Not only does it give us a clear insight into the early years of the Troubles in Newry but it also provides visitors with the chance to see posters, long playing records, pamphlets and similar information which adds to our understanding of the various traditions and that terrible dark period.” The Deputy Mayor also praised the work of Anita Gallagher, The Heritage Officer of Newry Gaelic League, who researched and organised the exhibition with financial help from the Heritage Lottery Fund. And Séamus Mac Dhaibhéid, a spokesman for the trustees of the project, in outlining the magnificent work undertaken by the Irish language community over the years said that visitors would be assured of a hearty welcome in the new Gaelic cultural centre. “We would like to involve local people as well as the wider community in the Newry area in these events. We will be organising both Irish Language and heritage programmes from now on. He added, “We are planning a library and a small museum but more than anything we will be responding to the needs of Irish speakers by providing a place for people to socialise, especially young people in Irish-medium education.” Gaeláras Mhic Ardghail is an ambitious initiative which has received funding from Newry and Mourne District Council, The Ulster Gaelic League and the Irish Language Investment Fund.
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