Seachtain na Gaeilge is an annual celebration of Irish culture, heritage, and language. Seachtain na Gaeilge, which takes place from Friday March 5 to Wednesday March 17, is being celebrated in Mullingar Library with a mixture of music nights, exhibitions, school events, scéalaíocht, and films.
A night of traditional music will take place in Mullingar Library on Tuesday March 16 between 6.30 and 7.45pm. Have a glass of wine and listen to the music while you browse the books and exhibitions in the library. Admission is free.
The events for the children’s library are: Isle of Saints and Scholars Exhibition - Friday March 5 to Friday March 19; and Films of past Saint Patrick’s Day parades in Westmeath - Saturday March 13 at 11am.
The events for the adult library are: Isle of Saints and Scholars Exhibition - Friday March 5 to Friday March 19; Traditions and Culture in County Westmeath - Friday March 5 to Friday March 19; and Oíche Cheoil Tradisiúnta - Tuesday March 16 from 6.30 to 7.45pm.
Among the items on display for the exhibitions in the adult library will be a number of books which are not normally available to the public due to their delicate state, including Saorstat Eireann, 1932; Westmeath Historic Places of Interest, 1961; Traditional Irish Music in County Westmeath, 1963; Meyer’s Betha Colmain Maic Luachain, 1911; Pier’s County Westmeath, 1682; Canon O’Hanlon’s Lives of the Irish Saints; The Annals of Ireland, 1856; and Westmeath Ordnance Survey Letters, 1837.
In addition, Mullingar Library offers a range of Irish language courses for beginners, and a range of short stories as Gaeilge by bestselling authors like Patricia Scanlan, Maeve Binchy, and John Connolly in book or talking book format.