Edinburgh Irish Culture and Heritage Day: Saturday 22 September
Plans have been announced for the second annual Edinburgh Irish Culture and Heritage Day, a celebration of Irish culture and the Irish community in Scotland, which will be held on Saturday 22 September. The event will be hosted by the Consulate General of Ireland, the sporting organisation Scotland GAA, and Conradh na Gaeilge Glasgow, which works to promote the Irish language in Scotland. It will take place from 12 midday to 6pm at the Grange Cricket Club in Stockbridge, Edinburgh.
The Irish Culture and Heritage Day is an occasion for Irish people in Scotland, or those with an interest in Ireland, to connect and to celebrate Irish culture, sport, music, language and dance. The event will include GAA tournaments for both children and adults and an opportunity for attendees to engage with Irish music, dance, language and children’s story-telling. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about the work of Irish organisations in Scotland and to explore their Irish heritage through Irish genealogy workshops. Catering and bar facilities will be available for the duration of the day and outdoor entertainment for children will include inflatables, face-painting and a balloon artist. This year’s Irish Culture and Heritage Day will have as its main theme a celebration of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018.
Consul General of Ireland in Scotland, Mark Hanniffy, said: “The Consulate General of Ireland is delighted to be hosting the second Edinburgh Irish Culture and Heritage Day, an event which has now become an annual celebration for the Irish community in Scotland. We hope the day will once again bring together the various strands of the Irish community from Edinburgh and across Scotland, and anyone with an interest in Irish culture. The event will have something for everyone - so whether you want to enjoy a traditional Irish music session or experience Irish dancing and sport, an enjoyable day for all the family will be in store. This year’s event also allows us to mark two important occasions, Scotland’s Year of Young People and Ireland’s Bliain na Gaeilge (the year of the Irish Language), and we welcome all to join us in the celebrations”.
Niall Considine, Irish Culture and Heritage Day Committee and Scotland GAA, said: “The inaugural Irish Culture and Heritage Day in 2017 was a massive success with huge numbers attending and enjoying sport, music, dance and cultural activities. From a GAA point of view it was a brilliant day with teams from Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh playing football for six hours, with nearly 50 children and teenagers playing their first competitive Gaelic football game. This year we have ladies and men’s university seven-a-side tournaments and a beginners’ school tournament. Everyone involved in Scotland GAA is looking forward to the event again and the hard work of the organising committee will ensure that this year is even better than last”.
Evin Downey, Irish Language and Development Officer for Conradh na Gaeilge in Glasgow, said: “Conradh na Gaeilge Glaschú are delighted to support this year's Irish Culture and Heritage Day in Edinburgh. We'll once again be running Irish language taster sessions and a Pop-Up Gaeltacht on the day. 2018 is an important year for the Irish language as we celebrate Bliain na Gaeilge which marks the 125 years since the beginning of its revival. The Irish language community in Edinburgh is vibrant and growing all the time and we look forward to seeing another big crowd on the day and to celebrating Bliain na Gaeilge. We encourage everyone to use cúpla focal, a few words of Irish, on the day! Bígí linn - Come join us!”
Edinburgh’s local GAA club, Dunedin Connollys, will mark the anniversary of the foundation of the club at the Irish Culture and Heritage Day and Suzanne Delaney, Dunedin Connollys, asks “friends and past players of Dunedin Connollys Gaelic Football Club to come and celebrate our men’s 30th and ladies’ 20th anniversary at the Irish Culture and Heritage Day, with a past players match during the day and celebrations to follow in Beer and Skittles.”
Admission to the event is free. The Consulate General of Ireland, Scotland GAA and Conradh na Gaeilge Glasgow welcome anyone with an interest in Ireland and Irish culture to join them on 22 September in Edinburgh and would like to thank AIB and BEMIS for supporting this event.
While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Irish Culture and Heritage Day are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.
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