Manuscript maker, Thomas Keyes, is seeking to collaborate with a Gaelic writer and apply for a Colmcille 1500 Legacy Award. More information here.
It can be a challenge for teenagers to come together and use Gaelic, but an odyssey by bus and boat is helping a group in County Derry to meet that challenge.
For a number of years, a 50 seater bus from the Donegal Gaeltacht has been travelling to County Derry and onwards to the Isle of Lewis. The bus is full of teenagers and those helping them, and their face is set on Fèis Eilean an Fhraoich, the youth festival in Lewis, and on young people of their own age who speak Scottish Gaelic.
The journey is organised by a youth group, Club Óige Luraigh, a one of a network of Irish language organisations which has developed in a rural area of County Derry. The club works in partnership with the Fèis in Lewis, and with Muintearas, a Gaeltacht youth organisation in Ireland: there are teenagers from the Donegal and Conamara Gaeltachts on the bus as well as from Derry.
The young people from Ireland take part in music activities and iomáin (hurling/shinty) in Lewis as well as language classes, and drama workshops help them to use Scottish Gaelic.
Joe Ó Dochartaigh, a youth worker at Club Óige Luraigh, says that the annual odyssey transforms the work of the youth club. Even though they have had Irish-medium primary education, those teenagers who do not speak Irish at home can succumb to pressure to speak English among themselves. But the annual odyssey to Lewis has its own effect: as the young people put effort into the feis and the long journey there and back, they choose to speak Irish among themselves, a choice they maintain on their return home to County Derry.
New friendships are another result of the odyssey; friendships between people in Lewis and County Derry, between teenagers in County Derry and in the Gaeltacht in Ireland. Young musicians from Ireland have been invited to play at the big Lewis musical festival, the Hebcelt.; families from Lewis have come to visit families in County Derry . One young man who has been on the journey, Dubhaltach Mac Conmidhe is studying for a degree in Scottish Gaelic in Glasgow.
Duais Dìleab Chaluim Chille / The Colmcille Legacy Award, is a small national award scheme created in partnership by Bòrd na Gàidhlig and the Culture, Heritage and Arts Assembly, Argyll and Isles (CHARTS) to commemorate the life and cultural legacy of Colmcille throughout the Year of Colmcille, 1500.
The project offers monthly arts awards and online exhibition to profile and support Gaelic artists work, aligned to themes of Colmcille. For information about Year of Colmcille, see: https://colmcille.net/ This is a digital project to meet social distancing challenges presented by the impacts of Covid-19 at the time of the launch of Colmcille 1500.
Awards are designed to support work which celebrates, remembers and interprets the role of Colmcille in the past and in contemporary society. Aiming to support a variety of work across arts media, artists are invited to submit proposals to support the development of new work, or highlight existing work, linked to the life and legacy of Colmcille.
This project will celebrate Gaelic arts and culture using a range of arts media and themes related to Colmcille, which can be shown to advantage in an electronic media, online, context.
Applicants should note that two award types are available:
- Up to 18 arts awards will be made to artists living in Scotland
- A single heritage award will be made to artist/s living in Argyll and Bute region only
We aim to offer at least one award at each selection stage to a young person, aged between 16-26 years.
Heritage Award – July 31st 2020
Arts Awards – This is a rolling programme, running until 2021. You may apply at any time. Up to 18 awards will be made in total.
Full details on the CHARTS website here.
Here is artist Catriona Patience who received funding for a new art project from the Colmcille Legacy Award by CHARTS (funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig).
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The book “Columba – Faith of an Island Soldier” by Bruce Ritchie was published last year. Here is a short video about the work.
Earagail Arts Festival, Colmcille & Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde present… Modern Bards: Tiding it into Port.
Come join us on the waves in the festival currach. Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde will be on the oars steering the way. Together we’ll voyage with poets and artists from both Irish and Scottish shores. A multidisciplinary online celebration of the sea we share and the art that unites us. A seafaring journey of poetry with Rona Dhòmhnallach, Máire Dinny Wren, Gillebrìde MacMillan and Rody Gorman together with the artist Kim Sharkey. Join us online on this poetic voyage on our little boat.
Earagail Arts Festival, Donegal’s premier summer event brings you a re-imagined condensed festival of Srutháin (Small Streams), 9th to 26th July, an 18-day line-up of online and radio performances, interactive arts, masterclasses, and nomadic pop-up theatre.