Bradley extends ‘céad míle fáilte’ to Gaelic League Ard Fheis

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Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh and party spokesperson on the Irish language has welcomed the annual conference of Conradh Na Gaeilge (the Gaelic League) to Newry. The Ard Fheis will be held in the Canal Court Hotel from 5th – 7th April and will be opened by Mayor John McArdle. Commenting on the upcoming occasion Bradley said, “This is a major event for Newry which will bring hundreds of delegates from all over Ireland to the city. It is the first time that the Ardfheis has been held in the North outside of Belfast or Derry. “I wish to congratulate all those involved in bringing the conference here especially Craobh an Iúir (the local branch of the Gaelic League) and Comhaltas Uladh (the Northern Section of he League). It is appropriate that we have a Newry man, Neil Comer, leading Comhaltas Uladh at this time. “It is a great honour for Newry to host Ardfheis Chonradh Na Gaeilge, the annual conference of the main Irish language organisation in Ireland in its 120th year during Bliain Na Gaeilge, the designated ‘Year of the Irish Language’. Bradley continued, “I am certain that the Irish speaking community of Newry and Mourne will give the delegates from all over the island of Ireland a very warm ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’. “The past year has been a significant one for the development of the language in this area with the centenary celebrations of the founding of Coláiste Bhríde, Ó Méith, the opening of Páirc Na Mara in Annalong, and Gaeláras Mhic Ardghail in Newry. “Newry and Mourne has a thriving Irish language community which expresses itself through our schools -nursery, primary, and post primary schools; through adult education, literary events, broadcasting, social events, local government, and above all, through the efforts of the many voluntary workers who give of their time freely to develop the language in this area. “I urge all supporters of the language to attend the Ardfheis especially the main seminar, ‘120 Years Growth -What Lies Ahead?’ on Friday 5th April, at 8.30 p.m,” he added.
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