Lón Gaolach / Gaelic Brunch
Meán Fómhair 2005
Bail ó Dhia Oraibh/Ort!

Nollaig, whose Irish input into W.B.A.I. radio (99.5 FM) over the past 16 years is already part of New York's Irish heritage, is the immediate past President of Conradh na Gaeilge, the Gaelic League which was founded by Dr. Douglas Hyde in 1893. Nollaig is particularly anxious to continue his support for the various Irish language learning efforts in the tri-state area, as well as seeking to expand facilities for using the language at every level. Nollaig studied at the Harvard International Seminar in 1969, and returned to that university in 1999 to lecture on the future of the Irish language in the 21st century shortly after the establishment of TG4, the first ever Irish language television service - a venture in which he played a part as a member of the first Comhairle / Advisory Council. He returned to Harvard in 2004 to lecture on the status of Irish as a European language.

The past two years saw two major advances for the Irish language, at home and internationally, with the passing of a Language Equality Act and the appointment of Ireland's first ever Language Commissioner to protect the civil rights of Irish speakers along lines similar to those in use in Canada for the past 30 years. But more significantly perhaps, Conradh na Gaeilge, under Nollaig's leadership, and in cooperation with others in the national STÁDAS campaign persuaded the Irish (Fianna Fáil/ Progressive Democrats) Government to change its mind after 33 years and to seek recognition for Irish as a full official, Community and working language in the new 25 nation European Community. This battle was won during the past year, probably the most significant move in favor of the Irish language in the political arena, since the decision of the new National University of Ireland (N.U.I.) to make Irish a core subject for matriculation in 1908, 8 years before the Easter Rising, and more than a decade before the First Dáil Éireann came into being.

This Lón / Brunch event will give speakers and supporters of the Irish language an opportunity to speak, listen to or practice what Gaeilge they have in the company of beginners, of more advanced students, of native speakers and of scholars who will be present. Nollaig will speak on the significance of the recognition of An Gaeilge (the Irish language) by the European Union, and take, and answer, questions in both languages. Beidh fáilte roimh chách é gach aicme chreidrimh is polaitíochta.

Nollaig will also present the Eoghan O'Growney award for support of the Irish language to Irish Christian Brother Charles B. Quinn of Iona College

McGee's is on West 55th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue on the south side of the street; there are parking garages next to and across from the restaurant - it is also easily accessible from the 57th Street stop of the N, W, R and Q subway lines (use 55th Street exit onto Broadway). The event will include an ample Irish brunch in a pleasant and private setting and will cost $45.00 per ticket of which some $20.00 will be profit that, along with any contributions from those who may not be able to attend, will be donated to Conradh na Gaeilge in Ireland. Tickets are limited and will be available on a first paid basis.

All organizations that are involved in promoting An Gaeilge or other aspects of our Irish heritage in the tri-state area are encouraged to request their members to participate in this very special event. Go maire ár dteanga beo ar bheola ár muintire, thall agus abhus, agus go gcloistear go binn í ar fud na cruinne!

Please make checks or M.O. payable to the "1798 Committee" (add note for "Gaelic Brunch"), and send to the address below.

Is mise, le meas, / Yours respectfully,

Liam Ó Murchadha
(Member, Bronx Gaelic League)

c/o Liam Murphy
178 Woodruff Avenue, Scarsdale, New York 10583-5542

Committee in formation (organizations supplied for identification purposes only): Chm. Liam Ó Murchadha (Bronx Gaelic League); Treas. Miceál Ó Coisdealbha (1798 Committee); Mary Holt Moore (Council of Gaelic Societies); An Bráthair Cathal Ó Cuinn (Iona College); Kathy Regan (Pres., Bronx Gaelic League); Ethel Brogan (Daltaí na Gaeilge); Hilary Sweeney (Tara Circle); Dr. Frank Holt (New Jersey Gaelic League); Pat Holt (Pres., NJ Gaelic League); Seán Mac Donnachadha (Radio Free Erin); John McDermott (Bronx Gaelic League); Brian Mor Ó Baoighill (Artist, Cumann na Saoirse Naisiunta); Muiris Ó Bric (Fmr. Pres., Kerrymen's P&B Assn.); Charles Laverty (Pres., New York Irish History Roundtable); Frank Skuse (Kinsale); Gearoid Ó Ceallaigh (Cumann Carad na Gaeilge/ The Philo-Celtic Society)

National Irish Freedom Committee
Cumann Na Saoirse Naisiunta