An tOireachtas

An tOireachtas

Early November
The original Oireachtas, or "Assembly," dates back to the ancient kingdoms of seventh-century Ireland. In 1897 Conradh na Gaeilge revived the tradition of assembly and discussion that had begun centuries earlier by founding what is now Ireland's oldest annual cultural festival. An tOireachtas is a 10-day celebration of Irish culture and language, and it includes lectures, debates, literary and stage competitions, concerts, art exhibitions, storytelling, and performances of traditional Irish song, music, and dance. A highlight of the festival is the sean-nós, or traditional singing in the Irish language. The sean-nós singing competitions culminate in the Corn Uí Riada, the final competition for the coveted Ó Riada Trophy.
Sponsored by the Gaelic League, the festival is held in a different venue each year. It is similar to the Eisteddfod in Wales and the Gaelic Mod in Scotland.
CONTACTS:
Tourism Ireland
345 Park Ave., 17th Fl.
New York, NY 10154
800-223-6470 or 212-418-0800; fax: 212-371-9052
www.antoireachtas.ie
SOURCES:
IntlThFolk-1979, p. 237