Irish Week

Irish Week / Seachtain na Gaeilge (SnaG) 2015

The programme of the Irish Week 2015 can be downloaded here.

Irish Week / Seachtain na Gaeilge (SnaG) 2014

The Institute for Sorbian Studies, with the support of the embassy of Ireland in Berlin, the Departments of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in Dublin/Galway and the Department of Foreign Affairs (Ireland): Cultural Relations with Other Countries Programme, conducted an Irish Week for the second time. The week offered the teaching of Irish for both beginner and intermediate learners and lectures on topics relevant to Irish history, linguistics and culture during the day, and a full programme of extra-curricular events in the evenings. Whereas last year's Irish week celebrated historical events from 1913, this year's week marked the centenary of the passing of the Irish Home Bill in 1914, and the millennium of the Battle of Clontarf in 1014. As part of developing minority studies in the faculty the next Irish week is envisaged for February 2015, then looking at events leading to the Easter rising.


Having been succesful with the first two Irish week and attracting attendees from as far away as Berlin, we hope to make SnaG a firm institution of the faculty, in order to strengthen its position within the university and beyond.

As a rule, intensive Irish-language tuition is offered, alongside specialist lectures on major topics and cultural events. Our special guest this year was Dr. John Kearns from the Irish Translator's and Interpreter's Association and editor of the journal Translation Ireland, who gave a number of lectures during the week, including a public lecture at the Europahaus. Other classes and lectures were given by Cormac Anderson M.A. A highlight of the evening events was the visit of a number of Irish musicians from Berlin, including Gearóid Ua Laoighre with his Band ZuSú, who were very well received with their fusion of Irish traditional songcraft and electronic instrumentation. The week was well-attended and enjoyable for all concerned.

last modified: 25.03.2015