€20,000 grant approved by Minister of State Kyne for the play Lugh, Lasair agus an Draoi Briste

The Government Chief-Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands Seán Kyne T.D. has announced today (insert date) that a grant of €20,000 has been approved to Tuismitheoirí na Gaeltachta to produce the play: Lugh, Lasair agus an Draoi Briste in the Galway Gaeltacht during Easter.

The play, Lugh, Lasair agus an Draoi Briste, will take place in the “Amharclann Speisialta” from Friday the 19th of April – Monday the 22nd April.

The “Amharclann Speisialta” theatre, which is located in one of Údarás na Gaeltachta’s factories in the An Cheathrú Rua Industrial Estate (between the Fire Station and the Childcare Centre) has been specially adapted for the event.  This is a newly-written play by Darach Mac Con Iomaire who was commissioned by Tuismitheoirí na Gaeltachta. Up to 75 children from the organisation’s classes which are held in Cois Fharraige, An Cheathrú Rua, Ceantar na nOileán and Carna will take part.

The Minister of State said: “I am delighted to approve this grant for this play. Of course, as well as this play, the Department has agreed a broad work programme with the organisation which will benefit young families all over the Gaeltacht who are raising their children through Irish or who wish to do so. As a result of my Department’s investment in that programme, and in the play itself, many families in Conamara will be able to enjoy this vibrant play.

Sorcha Ní Chéilleachair said: “This play is about environmental matters and the damage being done to nature. This theme is evident in all aspects of the production – the set which was specially built by artist Dara McGee using recyclable materials (old washing machines and so on) and the costumes were made from old plastic by designer Breege Fahy. Modern dance by Ríonach Ní Néill and newly-composed music by Morgan Cooke, who also worked with the children, will feature in the play. Among those who also worked with the children are Eoghan Ó Loideáin, Máire Áine Ní Chuaig, Treasa Uí Chuaig, Máirín Nic Con Iomaire, Sarah Healy, Sorcha Ní Chéide and Úna Ní Fhlatharta. Darach Mac Con Iomaire is producing the play and all of the work under the directorship of Tuismitheoirí na Gaeltachta’s staff and board of directors. We hope people will take an interest in it and that they will come to see this wonderful feast of art”.

This allowance is being permitted in accordance with the commitment made as part of the Community and Language Supports Programme under action 2.14 of the Government’s Irish Language Action Plan 2018-2022, which was launched in June 2018.

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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