€4 – €30

A Ciorcal Cómhrá with a twist

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€4 – €30

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Celebrating successes and failures of language learning! (For adults 16+)

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This one of a kind ‘ciorcal cómhrá’ will be facilitated by professional comedian Áine Gallagher, AKA Ireland’s only unqualified, non-fluent Irish teacher. It will be a fun, inclusive, bilingual workshop where people can practise speaking Irish or simply listen to Áine as she shares stories and introduces the true levels of ‘fluency’. For example, embarrassing yourself publicly. Áine will aim to encourage others by sharing personal examples, like the time she accidentally told her Irish speaking football team to ‘ride their players’ instead of ‘marking their players’.

This workshop will provide a chance to practise while also celebrating our successes, failures and resilience when learning languages. Áine’s main mantra is that “Irish is for everyone”. So don’t fall into the trap and think this workshop is only for “good” or “fluent” Irish speakers. This workshop is for EVERYONE, even if you speak no Irish at all.

Participants are invited to bring a picture that represents their “most surprising experience when speaking Irish”. This is purely voluntary. The pictures will be used to encourage participants to share their stories with the group if willing.

About the facilitator

Áine Gallagher is an internationally acclaimed and award winning comedian, storyteller and community arts facilitator. Hailed as the "queen of the offbeat" she uses a unique style to promote the Irish language through humour and creates encouraging spaces for people to practise. Her work is celebrated internationally, with recent performances at festivals including; "Féile na Gaeilge" Canada and the "International Irish Series" in Berlin. Her short documentary "Grá & Eagla" has achieved multiple international awards and she has been described by comedian Deirdre O'Kane as "a fresh and exciting Irish act".

This event is part of the Mother Tongues Festival. Check out our rich programme of events! www.mothertonguesfestival.com

**Festival Pack is our best value ticket! You will get a ticket for your event and a signed copy of Little Optimist: A Pocket full of Joy by Ashwin Chacko, the creative mind behind the visuals of this year's Festival! This book is the perfect companion to your festival adventures!

This event or parts of it may be recorded for documentation purposes . Recordings will only be used internally and never shared online or with third parties. By buying this ticket you agree to take part in a workshop that is being recorded.

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