As part of the Ireland 1916-2016 commemorations, Cumann Merriman is organising Slógadh na Boirne, a special celebration of the Irish language in County Clare, in the Michael Cusack Centre in Carron on Wednesday 29th June.
This event is part of the national Irish language strand [An Teanga Bheo] of the official 1916 commemorative programme. The event is being organised in cooperation with teachers and pupils in schools and colleges in Clare and Limerick and with the Micheal Cusack Centre. Cumann Merriman is also being assisted this year from Clare County Council’s own Community Initiative programme commemorating the events of 1916.
There are two parts in the day’s programme: between 11.00 and 1.00 music, song, poetry and dramatic scenes in Irish will be presented by pupils from Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Cíosóg, Ennis, Ballyea National School, Gaelcholáiste an Chláir and Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh. One dramatic piece, presented by pupils from Gaelcholáiste Mhíchíl Cíosóg, is based on a story written by Pádraig Pearse [Eoghainín na nÉan] and the other [Éirí Amach na Cásca], presented by puils from Ballyea National School, was an award-winning entry in this year’s Irish language schools’ drama festival.
In the afternoon from 2.00 to 4.00, a selection of music from the Irish Revival era will be played by Clare musicians, Siobhán Peoples, Caoilfhionn Ni Fhrighil, Francis Ó Cuinneagáin and Eve Ní Chonchúir. The music will be interspersed between two short talks in Irish, the first by Dr Eilís Ní Dheá (Mary Immaculate College) on the Irish language in Clare during Michael Cusack’s youth (he was born in 1847), and the second by Dr Cathal Billings (UCD) a Dublin hurler, on Michael Cusack and the Irish language in the early years of the GAA.
It is anticipated that this will be an enjoyable event, a fitting celebration of County Clare’s strong Irish language and Irish cultural and sporting heritage from the time of Michael Cusack over 150 years ago right up to our own time.