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Partnership between Seachtain na Gaeilge and Choirs Can

Written by Riarthóir SnaG. Posted in Uncategorized

Choirs can_picSeachtain na Gaeilge is proud to announce a new partnership between the festival and Choirs Can. Choirs Can is an exciting online resource for choirs. Many people will already be familiar with the melodies of the songs, which were all included in Cas Amhrán, the 1975 collection of songs assembled by Mícháel Ó hEidhin that can be found in homes and schools across the country. The Choirs Can project, led by Deirdre Moynihan, is aimed at secondary school or non -professional choirs and contains brand arrangements by Deirdre herself, Mark Armstrong and Andrew Synnott, all well-established Irish composers and arrangers. The arrangements are varied in terms of style and difficulty level which means there will be a song to suit every choral group.

Choirs Can choral arrangements of Irish language songs are freely available for choirs to download from this website. These arrangements can be found under the Songpacks Menu Entry. Additional song arrangements will be added soon.

Choirs Can’s  arrangement of “Óró Sé do Bheatha ‘Bhaile” was first performed by 600 singers at The Big Sing at the Cork International Choral Festival in 2013 at Cork City Hall. Download the sheet music, audio recording of the arrangment, individual vocal lines from the audio tool or a spoken pronunciation guide for Óró Sé do Bheatha ‘Bhaile by clicking here.


Seachtain na Gaeilge is promoting these songpacks as part of Féile na Físe, #SnaG2016’s celebration of the role the Irish language and culture played in events leading up t0 1916. More resources for Féile na Físe can be found here.

Seachtain na Gaeilge drama competition announced

Written by riarthoir. Posted in Home Page, Seachtain na Gaeilge in the Media

Féile na Físe is a unique event being organised as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge to celebrate the important role the Irish language and culture played in the Easter Rising and general life in Ireland during that period. As part of the féile, the well-known author Alan Titley has written a special played called ‘An Filleadh’ (script here).

Seachtain na Gaeilge is delighted to announce that we will be running a schools drama competition in associated with the Abbey Theatre. The winners of this exciting competition will get to perform the entire play on the Mainstage of the Abbey Theatre on Easter Monday the 28th of March 2016. Each class/school who enters the competition will also receive a special certificate.

Schools are asked to send a 5 Minute ONLY video of students performing the drama to Seachtain na Gaeilge by e-mail ONLY (wetransfer can be used) – snag@cnag.ie by 5 PM ON FRIDAY THE 12TH OF FEBRUARY 2016. LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

An Independent panel will select the winners. The will be seeking:

  • Excellent standard of spoken Irish
  • Excellent acting skills
  • Communication skills
  • Creativity
  • Liveliness of the play

We realise that not every school has the same resources therefore additional marks cannot be awarded for props, costumes, lighting etc –though schools are of course welcome to use same. The play is available for download here. Lyrics and chords to relevant songs in the play are available here too.

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