Seven weeks as Gaeilge in Kilkenny venue

While for most of the country Seachtain na Gaeilge will run from March 7-17, the Hole in the Wall plans to bring a more extensive focus on Gaeilge and things Irish to the citizens of Kilkenny over a seven-week period.

While for most of the country Seachtain na Gaeilge will run from March 7-17, the Hole in the Wall plans to bring a more extensive focus on Gaeilge and things Irish to the citizens of Kilkenny over a seven-week period.

On March 7, Seachtain will open with an exhibition of black-and-white photos taken by the father of Dr Colm Costelloe (Patrick Street, Kilkenny) titled ‘Another Country.’ Celtic Light (Aishling de Cleir and Suzanne Neill) will bring their Buchaill on Eireann Tour to HW on March 9, and Helen Mooney and Colm Gray will sing songs from their ‘In the Shadows of the Mines’ show on March 10 (9pm, €5).

Connemara Sean Nos singers Johnny Mhairtin Learai and Joe Jon Mac an Iomaire will return once again to Kilkenny after their successful evening in Cleere’s last year. This concert (March 15, €10) will be the first in the Hole in the Wall Sessions recorded by Martin Bridgeman of KCLR.

A Sean Nos workshop is planned for March 16 from 2-6pm and a Sean Nos Seisiun Agus Craic with both the Connemara men and invited local traditional musicians and storytellers will take place on March 16 from 8.30pm (€10). Two nights of free classes in Irish (March 13 and 14) will be given by Micheal O’Mhairtin.

Paddy Fitzpatrick and guests will perform on St Patrick’s Night from 8.30pm. The St Patrick’s Day weekend will finish with a free 8pm lecture on March 18 by Orla Melia – ‘Let’s All Love Peig.’

The following week will feature lectures by Michael Conway on The Irish in South America (March 19); The Hole in the Wall’s Australian Links (March 20); Understanding the Great Hunger: Its impact on America (March 21); Francis and Hannah Sheehy Skeffington – the Hole in the Wall link (March 22); St Patrick (March 25); ‘To Hell or to Connaught’ – Exiled Kilkenny’s Archers (April 8), and Henry Flood MP – Benefactor of An Gaeilge (April 15).

Arrah na Pogue will perform ‘It’s Pure Rebellion’ – the drinking songs of Ireland (March 24 at 9.30pm, €8). Rusty McCarthy plays March 29, while Don Mescall’s 2012 concerts are on March 30, 31 and April 1.

The Hole in the Wall’s research on the Famine will be presented in movie form as part of the Seachtain Scan Feis Eiereannach (from April 4). Freddie White and Juliet Turner play April 5 and 13, respectively, and Seacht Seachtaine will overlap with Deutsche Woche (Germanic Week) from April 20-30.

The role of the Hole in the Wall’s Fr Albert Bibby (patriot priest), the story of the Aud and Casement’s Irish Brigade (1916) will be central to the week with exploration of the Austrian links to Aghaboe (Upper Ossory) and Puy Tyndall (Switzerland). Pat Shortis will regale patrons on April 28.

The 2012 Gaeilge initiative at the Hole in the Wall is being supported by John Purcell and Martin Bridgeman of KCLR with Liam Merrins as co-coordinator.