Both Gàidhlig and Gaeilge will feature in the Ulster Hall on Sunday 6th October, where singer Anna Mhàrtain from the Isle of Skye and singer and piper Anna Mhoireach from Lewis will on stage at Cearta & Ceiliúradh. Rights and Revelry, the festival of language and language rights organised by Pobal.
Iomain Cholmcille, the international shinty/hurling competition between Irish speakers from Ireland and Gaelic speakers from Scotland will be held in Connemara this year. The sixth annual staging of the competition will be held in Mícheál Breathnach G.A.A grounds in Inverin, Co. Galway on Saturday, the 12th of October.
Bho Chuan gu Cuan (From Sea to Sea) is a multilingual event which will examine the place of Scottish Gaels in Canada from the 18th to the 21st century. It will open in the MAC at St Anne’s Square on Thursday evening 17 October and contine across the square in the Ramada Encore all day Friday 18 October . The event is a combination of academic lectures and arts events and is designed to interest a wide range of participants and listeners. It will finish on Friday 18 October with a cèilidh featuring singers and musicians from Canada, Scotland and Ireland.
A passionate call for a Gaelic-medium Secondary School in Lewis was made on Tuesday 24th September by a student of at an international public speaking competition in Belfast.
Turas na bhfilí poetry exchange programme will take place from 17th-20th April 2013. Established in 1970, Turas na bhFilí (The Poets’ Tour) is one of the most recognised cultural exchange programmes between Irish and Scottish poets. Turas na bhFilí aims to strengthen the links between Irish and Scottish communities and to maintain regular contact between the two countries. Both communities have an opportunity to get to know one another’s culture, language and music and also to study the similarities and differences between indigenous traditions. As part of this year’s Tour we are hosting two nights of poetry in Co. Mayo and the annual poetry competition in Dublin on 19th April.
The fifth Iomain Cholmcille, the shinty / hurling international series between Gaelic speakers from Scotland and Ireland, will be held in Portree, Isle of Skye on Saturday 7 April 2012. The series started in Oban in 2007, and this year, for the first time, an Ulster team, Fir Uladh, will join the Conamara team Micheál Breathach or the Irish side. The event will be hosted by Skye Camannachd from Portree. For the first time, there will be four teams, two representing shinty, Alba and a representative Skye team, and two from hurling, Micheal Breathnach and a team, Fir Uladh, from Ulster. This fulfils a long term aim of Colmcille that Northern Ireland be part of the project.
Colmcille supports new CD celebrating the richness of shared Irish / Scottish Gaelic song tradition.
Two Gaelic singing traditions - the tradition of Ulster and Argyll - are represented on a new CD launched this month with support from Colmcille.