Seachtain na Gaeilge 2023 launched at University of Galway

Barry Ó Siochrú, Vice President for the Irish Language, Students’ Union; Michelle Ní Chróinín, Director of Strategy and Planning; Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, University of Galway President; Caroline Ní Fhlatharta, Irish Language Officer, University of Galway; Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Deputy President and Registrar, University of Galway; Íde Ní Ifearnáin, Auditor, Cumann Gaelach, University of Galway.
Mar 14 2023 Posted: 10:19 GMT

University of Galway are celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge 2023 with a number of events taking place on campus in the run-in to St Patrick’s Day.

One of the main highlights taking place during Seachtain na Gaeilge is the Gradaim Aitheantais Gaeilge do scoláirí an Teastais Shóisearaigh which takes place on Monday March 13 at 5pm. The achievements of students who have achieved a 'pass with honours' in the Junior Certificate high level examinations will be celebrated at this special event.

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2023 is an integral part of the University’s calendar of events and this year’s events are the first to take place on campus since the pandemic. It is also the first since the launch of the University’s inaugural Irish Language Strategy 2021-25 - a strategy which sets out an ambitious vision to bring the bilingual campus to life and to set out a way to achieve a fully bilingual culture, through operational policies, governance structures and support for Irish language communities.

Highlights from the Seachtain na Gaeilge programme events include:

-      Tae agus Plé: Dé Máirt 7 Márta ag 11am. Má tá spéis agat bualadh le Gaeilgeoirí eile bí linn i Seomra na Coiribe i Sult, áit a mbeidh neart tae agus plé agus craic agus comhluadar.

-      Ciorcal Amhránaíochta le TradSoc: Dé Máirt 7 Márta ag 1pm i Caifé na Gaeilge, Áras na Gaeilge

-      Ceardlann Gairmeacha le Conradh na Gaeilge: Déardaoin 9 Márta at 6pm

-      Cartlann Chonradh na Gaeilge: Dé Céadaoin 15 Márta. Ócáid phoiblí, ina bpléifear tionscnamh nua taighde 'CARTLANN, Gníomhachas, teanga agus na meáin', agus gnéithe eile. Craoladh beo, le hagallamh leis an aisteoir, file agus taighdeoir, an Dr Colm Mac Gearailt.

-      Oíche Chultúir Ghaelach: Dé Céadaoin 15 Márta ag 7.30pm i Áras na Gaeilge.

University of Galway President, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, said: “The Irish language is a value and valuable for us all and we are fully supportive of our staff, students and community in living their working lives through Irish, and in promoting and strengthening the Irish language. The Irish language is a central and deep part of our identity and our lives and we will continue to work in ensuring that the Irish language, which is increasingly engaging the next generation, goes from strength to strength.”

University of Galway Irish Language Officer, Caroline Ní Fhlatharta, said: “Everyone is welcome to attend each of the events which have been carefully planned to suit the entire University community – fluent speakers, learners, and even those with very little Irish, but who are interested in the language.” 

The full list of events celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge at University of Galway is available to or


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