Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Anois teacht an Earraigh - and a Happy St Patrick's Day to all our friends!

"Anois teacht an Earraigh..."

Paddy's Day marks the coming of Spring for musicians and the Spiddal parade promises to be a treat with a session afterwards in An Droighneán Donn led by Steve Sweeney and friends.

Steve Sweeney, Tom McLoughlin and Johnny Connolly

The Crúiscín Lán hotel has opened after the winter break and soon the sweet sounds of sessions will fill the evening air from every pub as some of our regular visitors return and some new ones find their way into our company. We'll be updating our website as the regular sessions get started so keep an eye on Spiddal Sessions for the latest updates.


Club Foghlaimeoirí Gaeilge An Spidéil


For those interested in learning Irish there is a new club starting on the 22nd March. Club Foghlaimeoirí Gaeilge An Spidéil has been started to assist those moving in to the area to acquire the language naturally in social settings, through games, songs, music, poetry and storytelling. We will be starting out with a 10-week crash-course in conversational Irish for total beginners, with Meaití Jó Shéamuis, on Tuesday mornings in An Crúiscín lán from 11am-1pm and a Wednesday evening poetry and story telling group, with Máirín Mhic Lochlainn, in Tigh Giblin from 7-9pm.

We will be adding other regular groups and one-off events as and when we can, but as usual we are flying by the seat of our pants and we need all the assistance, financial and otherwise, that we can get. If anyone has even €5 to spare, there is a "donate" button at the top of our website and all donations of any amount are gratefully received. Anyone feeling very generous take note that a donation of over €300 will get you a free dinner for two at Tigh Giblin's.


Seisiúin Foghlaimeora An Spidéal

Learners old and new - All welcome!

The learner session continues every Friday in the cafe through An Nead, from 8-10pm and we have been getting a good attendance throughout the winter and this past couple of months we had our first total beginners and we're delighted to report they are making good progress, with the music and the language. Musicians of all levels are welcome at this session, we play simple tunes to start and then towards then end we'll ramp it up a bit for those who want more of a challenge and we always have a lot of fun, sometimes even cake! 

You can find more information and photos on our Facebook page Seisiúin Foghlaimeora An Spidéal

See you all in the coming months!