An Gaeilge: Cleachtais, Líonraí, Todhchaí. The Irish Language: Practices, Networks, Futures Seminar And Drinks Reception

3:00pm - 7:30pm / Friday 26th January 2018
Type: Conference / Category: Department
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Seminar: 3.00pm- 5.30pm. Drinks reception: 6.00pm- 7.30pm (guest speaker: Minister Joe McHugh TD (Government Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of Culture with responsibility for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and the Islands)

The Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool in London and Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, will be hosting a seminar entitled 'An Ghaeilge: Cleachtais, Líonraí, Todhchaí. The Irish Language: Practices, Networks, Futures Seminar'.

This Friday seminar brings together speakers from the three Irish language centres in Britain (at the University of Liverpool in London, the University of Sheffield and University of Cambridge), supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs and other specialists from Ireland and Britain.

Professor Pete Shirlow, Director, The Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool, will open proceedings.

A Tábla Babhta agus plé rannpháirtí / Round table discussion will commence, with speakers:
Chair: James McDonald (Bunaitheoir Grúpa Spraoi Londain/ Stiúrthóir Féile Gaelic Voices/Founder of London Irish Playgroup / Director of Gaelic Voices Festival)
Professor Angela Bourke (MRIA, Emerita Professor of Irish Language Studies, UCD)
Ms Mairéad Ní Cheoinín Bsc (Non-Executive Director to the Board of TG4)
Dr Kaarina Hollo (Lecturer in Irish at the University of Sheffield)
Dr Margo Griffin-Wilson (Teaching Associate in Modern Irish, University of Cambridge)
Ms Siobhan Breatnach (Editor in Chief, The Irish Post)
Mr Dan Dwyer (PhD candidate, NUI Galway)

Its purpose is to explore practice of teaching the Irish language, literature and other cultural forms today in the UK, Ireland and other European contexts. What are the networks that exist to support Irish language learners, teachers and cultural groups? To what extent does Irish or the literature in other Celtic languages feature in curricula at UK universities? What new practices and technologies in language teaching are being used today or might be in the future?

The seminar will be followed by a drinks reception and our special guest, Minister Joe McHugh TD (Government Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of Culture with responsibility for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and the Islands), will deliver a speech.

During the reception, traditional music will be provided by Comhaltas musicians.

Please note that the event will be in Irish/English.

This event is supported by supported by An Roinn Ealaíon, Oidhreachta, Gnóthaí Réigiúnacha, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta / Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.