Satharn na nGael 2024
Satharn na nGael is a day of immersion in the Irish Language, designed to give newcomers a taste of the Irish language, as well as a sampling of Irish music, poetry, customs and folklore. Although about a third of the attendees are brand new to the language, intermediate and advanced classes are offered as well, with plenty of time for the “craic” in between.
The event is held every year in late Spring in the Greater Philadelphia area. Language classes are held in the morning and afternoon, interspersed with informal workshops. For instance, the regular program offers a Singing Workshop (Learn an Irish song or two) as well as a Storytelling Workshop (with stories from Irish mythology). Additional workshops may be arranged. In the past these have included Harp, Bagpipe, cultural offerings, slideshows ‘as Gaeilge’, and more.
The informal tone of the day is a gentle introduction to the language, which perhaps may whet one’s appetite for more adventurous forays, such as formal instruction or an Immersion Weekend. And the secluded setting for the event allows for complete immersion in the language. Even if you are just planning a trip to Ireland, the day can help you to learn a “cúpla focal” (a few words) to use on your way.
Lunch (Sandwiches and Veggie Platter) as well as Tea, Coffee & Snacks throughout the day are also included in the fee for the program, which is about $45. It is a full day of activity, Irish style, and a chance to network with others in the area who wish to preserve the language. The event is sponsored by Daltaí na Gaeilge (Students of the Irish Language) and is just one of the programs that they host throughout the year. It offers the perfect blend of study and entertainment for anyone interested in Ireland’s language and culture.
The 2024 Satharn na nGael will be held June 8, 2024 at the Commodore Barry Arts and Cultural Center (The Irish Center) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Official Announcement and Registration Form for this event will be posted in the Daltaí SHOP as soon as the registration period opens (usually 6 to 8 weeks before the scheduled date).