The launch of Seachtain na Gaeilge in the North West District 2021 got off to an exciting start last Friday.
First up was the launch video in which Dónalll Mac Ruairí, Seachtain na Gaeilge Ambassador, brought viewers on a virtual tour to some of our most scenic spots in Donegal and the north west.
Dónall, a native of Rann na Feirste, spoke passionately about his first language and for Seachtain na Gaeilge, an annual festival promoting the Irish language and culture, both in Ireland and around the world. event.
Officially launching this year’s event, Dónall appealed to everyone to actively participate in the comprehensive range of events that are planned to run online until St. Patrick’s Day, 17 March.
In his own words Dónall invites everyone to “call in (online) and we will keep each other in chat and company”.
Donegal County Council is extremely proud that Dónall Mac Ruairí is this year’s Seachtain na Gaeilge ambassador for Donegal and the North West District.
“We are privileged to have Dónall on board with us this year,” said Ms Róise Ní Laifeartaigh, Oifigeach Gaeilge Pobail with Donegal County Council.
Speaking from the Council Chamber in Lifford, Mr Liam Mac a’ Bhaird, Director of Community Development and Planning Services spoke of the Council’s commitment to run Seachtain na Gaeilge this year, despite the challenges being posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said that, as a native of Gleann Fhinne in the Gaeltacht Láir, he understands how important it is to protect our language and identity and that every effort must be made to protect, promote and preserve it.
Erin Hamilton, Irish Language Officer with Derry City & Strabane District Council, stated that she believes that the promotion of the Irish language on a regional basis in this way is of strategic importance and praised the partnership work being undertaken between the two Councils.
For links to view the Launch Video, Concert and Programme of Events, please visit the Council’s website – www.donegalcoco.ie/ie/cultur/anghaeilge