Derry libraries in conjunction with Donegal County Library Services and libraries in Tyrone have launched the Irish language community reading project “Léigh agus Pléigh 1916” (Read and Discuss).

Individuals, reading groups and Irish language speakers are invited to take part in the project which begins this month with the first book ‘Seachtar na Cásca’ by Irish language author Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh.

The scheme is also supported by Irish Language Development Officers in Tyrone, Derry and Donegal.

Speaking at the joint launch in Letterkenny Central Library, Maura Craig from Libraries NI said she was delighted to be promoting the co-operative project between the library services and the community across the three counties in the northwest.

She added: “Given the growth of Irish-medium education and Irish language communities in Tyrone and Derry, and given the natural affinity of these communities with the Donegal Gaeltacht where the language is still spoken as a native language, Libraries NI is delighted to seek to promote greater connections between these communities through this Irish language reading project” stated Maura.

“Although the project is aimed at readers over 16 years of age, Maura welcomed two young pupils from Gaelscoil Uí Dhochartaigh in Strabane, Co. Tyrone to the event, both of whom read extracts from the first book ‘Seachtar na Cásca’, a combined biography of the lives of the seven signatories of the Proclamation in 1916.

“The materials that will be read as part of this project will all be connected with the history of the island of Ireland and its people in the year of 1916. Some of it will relate to the Easter Rising of 1916 and key participants in that.

“Some of it will relate to the ongoing First World War during that period. Some of it will relate to the ordinary lives of the people at that time.”

Any individuals or groups who wish to take part in this reading project should fill in the Registration Form at the link below, and return to the address given or to [email protected]

Registration form at this link: Foirm Chláraithe do Léigh agus Pléigh 1916.

Photo shows some of those who were present at the joint Donegal Libraries / Libraries NI launch of Léigh agus Pléigh 1916 in the Central Library, Letterkenny, in late March, including representatives from Libraries NI, Irish Language Development Officers from Donegal and Derry, staff and pupils from Gaelscoil Uí Dhochartaigh, Strabane, members of Library staff in Donegal and members of the community.

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