Speed-Dating "As Gaeilge" For IT, Tralee Students

Seachtain na Gaeilge Institute of Technology , Tralee prepares to celebrate Seachtain na Gaelige

Speed-Dating â¿¿as Gaeilge⿝ is among the highlights of events planned for Seachtain na Gaeilge at the ITT! It is intended as a novel way to practise your Irish and brush up on your chat-up lines and maybe even start a new romance!   Everyone is welcome, from Erasmus students with very little Irish, to fluent Irish speakers. It will happen in Stokers Lodge, Clounalour at 8.30 on Tuesday, 24th of March as a warm up for the Céilí Mór in Horan's night club later on that night at 11.00pm.
 
The students of the ITT have organised an exciting schedule of events for Seachtain Na Gaeilge 2009. The Festival runs for a fortnight directly before St. Patrick's Day, 2nd â¿¿ 17th, March. The aim of Seachtain na Gaeilge is to promote and celebrate Irish language and culture.
 
Central to the events in the college is the screening of the Irish film, Kings in room S114 in the North Campus on Monday evening, 16th March. This film, written and directed by Tom Collins and starring Colm Meaney, Brendan Conroy and Donal Oâ¿¿ Kelly portrays five Connemara men and their lives as immigrants in London . The film is based on the award-winning drama by Jimmy Murphy â¿¿Kings of the Kilburn Highway â¿¿. Kings won 5 IFTAâ¿¿s in 2008 and was also Ireland 's Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film.
 
The Irish Short Film, Yu Ming is Ainm Dom , will be screened at lunch time in the North Campus. The film is written and directed by Daniel Oâ¿¿Hara, a young film maker from Dublin . It is a funny story about a young Chinese man who learned Irish, having read that it was the official language of the country and then came to live in Ireland ! He can't understand why people don't know what he is saying! It won the top international prizes at the big film festivals in America and Scotland in 2004.
It was awarded the prize for the best comedy in the Aspen Colorado Film Festival and it won the prize for Best First Time Director at the Celtic Film and Television Festival in Dundee , Scotland .
 
An Ghaeltacht Cheilte , a short film, giving us an insight into the Cloghane Gaeltacht in West Kerry, produced by students, Katie Sheehy and Aisling
Murphy will be shown before Kings and Yu Ming Is Ainm Dom .
 
The distinguished musician Máire Begley , from West Kerry, will play traditional music on her accordian and harp in the R Block at 1.00pm on Wednesday, 11th , March. Students will have a chance to join in and play an instrument or sing or dance with Máire.
 
There will also be a chance to learn to set-dance at a workshop at Stokers Lodge, Clounalour at 8.00pm. on Wednesday,18 March.
 
An array of Irish music including music from John Spillane's warmly received CD ⿿Songs we learned at school⿝ as well as songs by well-known artists translated into Irish like Bell x1, Mundy,The Coronas and Jack L,from the popular Ceol CD's will feature on the College Radio, Bang FM. A special Seachtain na Gaeilge competition, to translate an Irish proverb into English, with a chance to win a great prize, will also feature on Bang!
 
The students plan to give Irish language classes for Absolute Beginners during Seachtain na Gaeilge.