Irish Language Course

Cúrsa Cuimhneacháin Shéamais de Faoite, the annual Irish language course run by Comhairle Uladh CLG, will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

This silver jubilee course will run from 22 to 27 July 2013 at Na Dúnaibh (Downings), and is open to all adult members of Cumann Lúthchleas Gael. Musical and other cultural activities also feature in the week-long course.

More details will follow shortly.

History

Sa bhliain 1942 tionóladh an crinniú cinn bliana (Comhairle Uladh C.L.G.) in Ómaigh. Mhol an Sagairt Éamonn Ó Doibhlin ‘go ndéanfaí gnó Comhairle Uladh trí mheán na Gaeilge’. D’éirigh leis an rún sin agus leanann an traidisiúin go dtí an lá atá inniu ann. Ionadaí ó Thír Eoghain ab ea an tAthair Ó Doibhlin ag an gcrinniú sin ach ba as Coilleach Eanach i gCondae Árd Mhacha ó dhúchas é. Roimhe sin sa bhliain mile naoí gcéad fiche is a hocht ag an gcomhdháil in Árd Mhacha dúirt as Sagairt Labhrás Ó Muirí go mba chóir comhoibriú a bheith idir Chomairle Uladh agus Comhaltas Uladh (Conradh na Gaeilge). Dúirt Conn Mac an Ghirr agus é ag tagairt do úsáid na Gaeilge i Gcomhairle Uladh sa bhliain 1958 “go raibh gach cosúlacht ar an scéal nach raibh ganntannas ar bith de ionadaithe cumasacha ó gach condae in Ulaidh”.

irlang-1.jpgCuireadh Cúrsa Gaeilge ar bun i Ros Ghoill i dTír Chonaill sa bhliain 1959 faoi coimirce Comhairle Uladh (C.L.G.). Osclaíodh an cúrsa go hoifigiúil ag Caoimhín Ó Beolláin abhí ina Aire Cosanta sa Deisceart ag an am. Lean a cúrsa sin go dtí 1972 nuair a chuireadh ar ceall é toisc nach raibh freastal mór air.Bhí Alf Ó Muirí agus Padraig Mac Floinn chun tosaigh ag an am sin chomh maith le daoine mar Diarmuid Ó Doibhlinn agus an Dochtúir Oirmhinneach Mac Giolla Earnáin. Dúirt Padraig Mac Floinn go ndeachaigh sé féin agus Alf Ó Muirí isteach go dtí na Dúnaibh ar a rothair, taréis turais fhada ó iarthair an chondae, nuair a bhíodar ag iarraidh an cúrsa a bhunú don chéad uair.

Sa bhliain 1989 ag crinniú san Óstan na gCeithre Séasúr i Muineacháin, ar an Chéadaoin 10ú Bealtaine faoi úachtarántacht an tAthair Dónall Mac an Ghallóglaigh bunaíodh Coiste na Gaeilge as an nua agus roghnaíodh Tomás Ó Cuilinn as Fear Manach (Cathaoirleach) agus Séamus de Faoite as Tír Chonaill (Rúnaí). Tháinig fás bliain i ndiaidh bliana ar líon na ndaoine a bhíonn ag freastal ar an chúrsa ó 1989 i leith. Tá an cúrsa Gaeilge anois ar cheann de imeachtaí cultúir mhóra ár linne.

Nuair a tháinig athruithe móra i struchtúir an Chumainn cúpla bliain ó shoin chuir Comhairle Uladh dhá choiste ar bun (a) Coiste Scór is Cultúir (b) Coiste na Gaeilge agus Oidhreachta. Is ar mhaithe le forbairt na Gaeilge taobh istigh de Chumann Lúthchleas Gael i gCúige Uladh a roghnaíodh an córas seo. Is go hiomlán trí mheán na Gaeilge a oibríonn an Coiste seo agus tá ionadaí ar an gCoiste as na naoi gcondaethe i gCúige Uladh.

English

The annual meeting (Ulster Council G.A.A.)in 1942 was held in Omagh. Father Eamon Devlin proposed ‘that the business of Ulster Council be conducted through the medium of the Irish language’. That motion succeeded and the tradition continues until the present day. Fr. Devlin was a Tyrone delegate at that meeting but he hailed originally from Cullyhanna in county Armagh. Before that in nineteen twenty eight at the convention in Armagh Fr. Larry Murry urged co-operation between the Ulster Council and Comhalta Uladh (Gaelic League). Conn Short referring to the use of Irish in the Council in 1958 stated that there appeared to be “ no shortage of able dedicated delegates from all nine Ulster counties”.

irlang-2.jpgThe Irish Language Course was founded in Ros Goill in Donegal in 1959 under the auspices of the Ulster Council (G.A.A.). The course was officially opened by Kevin Boland the then Minister for Defence in the South. That course continued until 1972 when it was set aside due to lack of numbers attending. ALF Murray and Paddy Mc Flynn as well as people such as Dermott Devlin from Derry and Rev. Dr. Mc Larnon were prominent at that time. Paddy Mc Flynn stated that himself and Alf Murray cycled into Downings after a long journey from the west of the county when they were attempting to set the course up.

In 1989 at a meeting in the Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan held on Wednesday 10th of May under the presidency of Fr. Dan Gallogley the Irish Language committee was reformed. Tom Cullen from Fermanagh (Chairman) and Seamus de Faoite from Donegal (Secretary) were chosen. The Irish Language course has grown year on year since 1989. The course is now one of the premier cultural events of our time.

When big changes came about in the structure of the Association a few years ago the Ulster Council instituted two committees (a) Scór and Culture (b) Irish Language and Heritage . This system was adopted in order to develop the use of the language within the Gaelic Athletic Association in Ulster. The business of the committee is conducted entirely through the medium of the Irish language and there is a representative from each county in Ulster on the committee.

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Launch of Irish Language Tape By Ulster Council in Enniskillen 1990:

Seamus de Faoite (Rúnaí an Choiste), Peadair Ó Cuinn (Iar-Úachtarán C.L.G.), An Sagart Dónal Mac an Ghallóglaigh (Úachtarán Comhairle Uladh) Tomás Ó Cuilinn (Údar), Seosamh Mac Giolla Easpaigh (Údar), Seán Mac an Bheatha (Iar-Uachtarán Comhairle Uladh).

Seamus de Faoite

Bhí Séamus de Faoite ina Rúnaí ar Choiste na Gaeilge & Oidhreachta ó 1989 go dtí earrach na blaina 2006. Scríobh Tomás Ó Chuilinn abhí ina Chathaoirleach ar an gcoiste ar feadh an ama sin an giota beag seo a leanas faoi i mbróisiuir nab liana sin:

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Ar Chlé: Máire de Faoite presents Corn Cuimhneacháin Shéamuis de Faoite to Donncha Ó Baoill (2007)

Mar is eol daoibh tá “Leon na hOidhreachta” ar shlí na fírinne. D’éalaigh sé uainn go gasta agus gan coinne ar bith leis, go mall oíche ina áit chónaithe i dtús an earraigh. Bhí sé de shólás aige gur tharraing sé a anáil dheireanach i mbaclainn Mháire – a bhean céile.
Bhí an sneachta bog ag titim, bhí an ghaoth ag séideadh anuas ó chúl an Earagail. Bhí na tonnta ag briseadh taobh thiar dínn ag Macaire Gáthlán an lá a leagamar chun suaimhnis é. Muidne a raibh aithne againn ar an laoch seo, bhí fhois againn go raibh deireadh ré ann – nach mbeadh a leithéid arís ann.

English

Seamus de Faoite passed to his eternal reward early one morning the spring of 2006. He drew his last breath in the arms of his wife Máire in their home at Mín Riabach near Tearmann i dTír Chonaill.

He was the epitome of everything that was good and wholesome in the promotion of the language, and the preservation, in an undiluted fashion of the core elements of our culture and heritage. He had been our tutor, mentor and guide for the past eighteen years.
Gentle flakes of snow fluttered briefly above his coffin in the piercing breeze that swept down from Errigal, and the great Atlantic clattered melancholy on the adjacent shore, as his funeral cortege slowly snaked its way to his last resting place at Machaire Gáthlán, on the edge of a diminishing Celtic domain. One of the greatest Irishmen of this or any other age, had taken his leave of us. This “Lion of Heritage” had joined the heroes of the past. We knew an era had come to an end. Inspiration now would have a divine portent. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal. In iothlainn Dé go gcastar sinn. Go mba sámh codladh na laochra.

The 2013 Comhairle Uladh Irish Language Course takes place from Monday 22nd July to Saturday 27th July.
More details including booking forms will follow shortly.

If you have any queries regarding the course, you can contact Tom Cullen (Rúnaí an Choiste) on secretary.gaeilge.fermanagh@gaa.ie

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