Ó labhair an teanga Ghaeilge liom

2019 Canberra Irish Language Class Information Evening 5 February 2019

Nature of Event: If you’re interested in attending Irish language classes in 2019 please come to this free information session in February. This information session will serve to answer any questions you have about the classes, materials and content as well as giving you an opportunity to meet the teachers and fellow classmates. This is also a time for general sharing, feedback and ideas for existing students.
There are three levels of class on offer this year, and a separate conversational group depending on participants. Current classes are open to adults and supervised children only. No children specific classes are on offer this year.
When: 6.30pm Tuesday 5th February
Where: Canberra Irish Club, Weston.

New Irish language poet in Western Australia

from Lettermullen, County Galway and now living in Perth with her husband and son, Siobhán Na Spág’s poem Ardú Gréine about the grief in loss is published here for the first time.

Ardú Gréine

Tá fás déanta ag an bhféar
Aimsir caite
Rabhartaí agus stoirm
An ghrian ag caochadh
Paistí béartha
Gáirí pléascatha
Athrú tarlaithe
Ó d’imigh tú

Coiscéamma tógtha,
Caidreamh briste
Botúin déanta
Galair criochnaithe
Faoistín ráite
Scéalta roinnte
Bréaga scaoilte
Is fírinne sroichte
Ó d’imigh tú

An domhan bréan ag rollú
In aghaidh mo thola
Réalta léimthe
Farraige traoite
Seasúir sciorrtha
Inchinn céistithe
Torthaí tughta
Pianta glactha
Ó d’imigh tú.

The Rising of the Sun

The grass has grown, time spent, floods and storms, the sun winking, children birthed, bursts of laughing, an absence, since you left. Footsteps taken, intimacy broken, mistakes made, diseases attacked, confessions said, stories shared, lies released, and truth destroyed, since you left.The rotten world rolling against my will, stars leapt, the sea subsided, the seasons slipped by, mind queried, results given, pain accepted, since you left.

Is mise Siobhán. Táim ag scríobh filiocht le breis agus scór blianta. Is as Leitirmealláin mé  i gCo. Na Gaillimhe ó dhúchas. Táim i mo chonaí i bPerth in Iarthar na hAstráile le m’fhear céile agus mo mhac. Is Sicéolaí mé a dheanann dealáil go laethiúil le tuiscint agus cur i láthair phian inchinne. 

Is sort scíthheadh inchinne is déin chúram dhom an fhilíocht mar go dtugann sé seans dhom sos a ghlacadh, soilearachas a fháil agus eagar a chuir ar mo smaointí. Sin a chuireann chun scríobh mé. 

I am a psychologist, and poetry is self care for me particularly as I deal with grief, trauma, loss, anxiety, depression, abuse in all forms and various other forms of mental anguish daily. 

I appreciate all correspondence. 

Siobhán Na Spág <siobhns@gmail.com>



Welcome to Regina Uí Chollatáin

Regina Uí Chollatáin





Below  is a translation of Colin Ryan’s welcome to University College Dublin’s Professor Regina Uí Chollatáin as the 2019 Nicholas O’Donnell fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Newman House from January 4 to February 9. (An Lúibín, 11 December 2018). If you wish to receive this Irish language online newsletter, please send an email accordingly to rianach@optusnet.com.au

Professor Uí Chollatáin will avail of the Nicholas O’Donnell collection of publications that is in the Newman House library. The O’Donnell Collection was bequeathed by Dr O’Donnell’s family following the Irish language scholar’s death in 1920. Professor Uí Chollatáin’s research is for a proposed monograph with the title ‘Pobal agus Scéal: Irish language media and revival in a global context’. She has had a distinguished career. Currently she is the head of the school of Irish, Celtic Studies, and Folklore at University College Dublin. She completed her PhD at Maynooth University and was awarded the National University of Ireland Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Léann na Gaeilge/an Léann Ceilteach in 2003, and was appointed Ireland Canada University Foundation Senior Visiting Professor from 2011-12. Her main research interests lie in the Irish language during the language revival. She is interested in discovering the effects of the language revival on global Irish: cultural, history, literature and linguistics.

We wish her well during her Australian research.