60 years of dedication from Gael-Linn

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Friday, December 13th, 2013
Newry and Armagh MLA Dominic Bradley has praised Gael-Linn for its dedication in developing the Irish language as the organisation celebrates its 60th anniversary.

Dominic Bradley MLA with author Máire Ní Chinnéide at the launch of her book Stair Ghael-Linn in the Cardinal Ó Fiaich Library, Armagh

Speaking after the book launch of Stair Ghael-Linn by Máiréad Ní Chinnéide, which charts the history of Gael-Linn, Bradley congratulated the organisation for its vast contributions in the development of the Irish language through Gaeltacht courses, filmmaking, through the release of recorded music, and sport. Speaking to Newry Times, Bradley said, “Many will remember the wonderful film ‘Mise Éire’ with the striking score by Seán Ó Riada as one of the company’s crowning achievements, indeed, Ó Riada’s music was associated with Gael-Linn throughout his life through his recordings involving Ceoltóirí Chualann, the precursors of the Chieftains.” Bradley acknowledged the huge work by Gael-Linn to promote the Irish language among young people and recalled how he had been awarded a Gael Linn scholarship. He also revealed he was one of a few people to win Gael-Linn medals at secondary and grammar school level, including the gold medal in the latter category for best spoken Irish. Bradley continued, “I have had the honour of meeting two the founding fathers of Gael-Linn, Dónal Ó Móráin and Riobard Mac Goráin, now sadly no longer with us but their visionary leadership and unstinting dedication continues in the work of a thriving organisation. “Local people through Ireland have been the backbone of Gael-Linn’s financial support during its 60 years I am sure that generous support will continue in the years to come which lie ahead,” he added.
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