Galway Pride 2019: Second day of events sees focus on Irish language

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After a successful opening day of Galway Pride 2019 celebrations, today will see Galway Community Pride emphasise its efforts to add the Irish language to its line-up.

With this being the first bilingual Pride, all events are as Gaeilge to some extent.

But today (Tuesday) the Pride Committee is excited to present two events that will place the Irish language at the centre of Pride.

Starting at 1pm Teach Solais will host Galway Pride’s Pop-Up Gaeltacht.

This will be an example of what happens all over the world, where Gaeilgeoirs create more spaces for Irish speakers and learners to speak the language in a social setting.

There’ll be Irish snacks, music, poetry, and plenty of craic and everyone is welcome, regardless of their level of Irish.

Following that there will be the first talk of the week with the ‘History of Pride’ session at 6:30pm where attendees will find out more about how Galway Pride first started and how far it has come in Galway.

Guest speakers on the night include Nuala Ward, Pride Grand Marshall and one of the founders of Galway Pride as well as Cameron Keighron, chair of AMACH! LGBT Galway.

Continuing the Irish theme as the night goes on Pride will be hosting a Gaylí in Áras na nGael on Dominick Street at 8pm until late.

Seoirsín Bashford, the Irish officer for Galway Pride, said “Do you like dancing? Do you like trad? This is the event for you!

“Whether you have Irish or not or know the dances or not, everyone is welcome! We’ll teach you all the dances in both Irish and English. Let’s put the gay in Céilí!”

And finally, for those who enjoy a night off their feet, the monthly Teach Solais Gaymes night session will be on for Pride from 8pm with everything from classics such as Monopoly and Scrabble to more modern hits like Pandemic and Munchkin.