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Satharn na nGael
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. In past years, sessions have been held in tin whistle, harp, the pipes and even Irish language on the Internet. An introductory class in céilí dancing is also offered and is a great way to work off tension and relieve stress.
A seisiún is held after dinner, and students have the opportunity to present their party pieces: a song, a poem or even a new dance step learned during the day. The secluded setting for the event allows for complete immersion in the language.
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. 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 and dinner are also included in the fee for the day 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 2022 Satharn na nGael will be held June 11, 2022 at the Commodore Barry Arts and Cultural Center (The Irish Center) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Official Announcement and Registration Form for this is posted in the Daltaí SHOP.