2018 has been declared the official year of the Irish language, or Bliain na Gaeilge in the ancient tongue, and to celebrate the Gaelic League has planned a wide range of events, not just in Ireland but across the world.
In New York City, the first port of call for millions of Irishmen and women immigrating to America, two events have already been organized, with more in the pipeline. On May 25 the East Village Playhouse will host Salon na Gaeilge which will allow musicians, poets, writers and actors to come together and put on a show for New Yorkers in the ancient Gaelic tongue.
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The Irish language book club, ‘Club Leabhar,’ is also planning on meeting throughout the year and on February 24 they’ll be discussing “The Seven Kinds of Drunk and Other Legends” by Pádraig Ó Siadhailléite.
In Newfoundland, one of the few places outside of Ireland with an authentic Gaelic name ‘Talamh an Éisc’, on May 26 there will be an Irish language tour of the most ethnically Irish places in the province: Ferryland, Branch, King’s Cove, Tilting, agus St John’s.
In Missoula, Montana a céilí and trad session has been organized for February 2 and in Honolulu, Hawaii a ‘Pop Up Gaeltacht’ session will take place on January 12. Pop Up Gaeltacht sessions began in Dublin in 2016 and have since spread across the globe. A bar is chosen, invites sent via social media and Irish speakers descend on the bar to chat up in their native language.
Other events are in the mix and if you’d like help planning and promoting one, you can contact the organizers of Bliain na Gaeilge here.