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Submitted by on September 16, 2010 – 10:08 amNo Comment

Manchester Irish language group (MILG) is running an Irish Language Arts Festival from September 18-24, launching with a film called Maidin Scannain Gaeilge at the Cornerhouse Cinema, Oxford Road on Saturday. The week-long festival will include poetry recitals, book discussions, cinema and traditional music at a range of venues across Manchester.

MILG hopes to provide an opportunity for speakers of Irish, whether fluent or merely flaunting their ‘cúpla focal’, to converse on a regular basis so that they can practise, maintain or enhance their skills. It holds weekly evenings every Monday, during term time, between 8 and 9pm at St Kentigern’s Social Club, Hart Road, off Wilbraham Road, Fallowfield, M14 7DW.

Classes take place in an informal setting and are tailored to suit both complete beginners and more advanced speakers. The second part of the classes run from 9.15 till 9.45 where other cultural avenues will be explored – singing, poetry, DVDs, story telling.

See http://www.milg.org.uk/index.htm for a full list of events.

MILG promotes Irish language (Gaeilge) through classes and social events across south Manchester and the city centre. It also works with friends in north Manchester’s Conradh na Gaeilge, based in Cheetham Hill’s Irish World Heritage Centre, to hold joint Irish cultural events across the city.

Members are of all ages and come from a range of backgrounds and traditions – from England, Ireland and Scotland. Some have links to Manchester, Glasgow, Derry, Belfast or Dublin, while others come from rural areas. Many have some links, old or new with Ireland, but some have none. Some have other interests such as football, GAA or music. Ethnicity is irrelevant. All that matters is an interest in Irish language and culture.

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