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When the translation is provided submissions to the blog will be published in both English and Irish. Please send submissions to the webmaster address shown at the very top of the blog. Please visit us often. This blog is the companion of the Ottawa Comhaltas website:

Beidh poist a fhoilsiú i mBéarla agus i nGaeilge nuair is féidir. Tabhair cuairt orainn go minic. Is é seo an blag an compánach an láithreán gréasáin Comhaltas Ottawa:

Saturday 23 November 2013

Tar Abhaile ("Come Home")

This is part of a message we received from members of other CCEs in North America.

Where: TG4

When: Episode 2, November 24th at 9:30pm Irish Time (4:30pm in Ontario)

Tar Abhaile ("Come Home")

Hosted by broadcaster Evelyn O’Rourke, Tar Abhaile is a new six part series on TG4 that follows local Irish communities as they welcome people from across the globe in search of their Irish ancestors. You will see t
welve different Irish descendants and their families, scattered all over the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, travel to Ireland to reconnect with their Irish roots. 

Ultimately, Tar Abhaile is about real people and their unique stories, their unique journey and their unique connection with Ireland. It pivots on Reconnection, Reunion and Homecoming.

Episode 1 - Sunday, 17.11.13, features families in Chicago and Australia.

Episode 2 - Sunday, 24.11.13, features families in Ontario, Canada, and Chicago.

Episode 3 - Sunday, 1.12.13, features families in Australia and Beauval,Canada.

Episode 4 - Sunday, 8.12.13, features families in Arizona and New Zealand.

Episode 5 - Sunday, 15.12.13
, features families in Detroit and Arizona.

Episode 6 - Sunday, 22.12.13
, features families in Virginia.

Saturday 16 November 2013

TEG, B1 Irish language proficiency preparations classes at the University of Ottawa

Starts: Thursday 14 November 2013, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.

Where: University of Ottawa, Rm DMS 3105.

Cost: $10/hour per person.

TEG (Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge) is an examination system for adult learners of Irish that is linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Examinations test the four skills: Speaking, Listening Comprehension, Reading Comprehension and Writing. Examinations are currently available at five levels from Absolute Beginners (A1) to Advanced 1 (C1).
Early this year we posted the details of the exams and the availability of preparation classes prior to the event. This fall-winter session, even though it has not yet been confirmed when and where the TEG exams will be held, the preparation classes will go ahead.

B1 TEG exam preparation classes, will start on Thursday 14 November, Eoin Ó Catháin will be running classes for all those interested in doing the B1 TEG exam. For more information contact Eoin.

To locate the building where classes are being held, check the campus map:

If you want to access preparation material and syllabi for the exams, check the TEG website:

Saturday 9 November 2013

La Gaeilge Event

When:  November 16th, 2013 from 8:30 am to   4:00 pm

Where: University of Ottawa, Lamourex Hall, Rms LMX 242/339/342/360

Cost: $18

To figure out where the Lamourex Hall is located on the University, check the campus map:

There will be a "Meet and Greet" at 8:30 am. Classes, from beginners to experienced Irish language speakers, will start at 9:00am. Our teachers hail from Ireland, and as this a friendly, fun environment, we are sure you will find it most enjoyable. The only requisite, is a willingness to learn, or improve your Irish language.

Bring your lunch.

For more information contact Toni

Come and join us! 

Sunday 3 November 2013

Traditional Irish Music

Wikipedia tells that that the folk music of Ireland (also known as Irish traditional music, Irish trad, Irish folk music, and other variants) is the generic term for music that has been created in various genres in Ireland.

In A History of Irish Music (1905), W. H. Grattan Flood wrote that, in Gaelic Ireland, there were at least ten instruments in general use. These were the cruit (a small harp) and clairseach (a bigger harp with typically 30 strings), the timpan (a small string instrument played with a bow or plectrum), the feadan (a fife), the buinne (an oboe or flute), the guthbuinne (a bassoon-type horn), the bennbuabhal and corn (hornpipes), the cuislenna (Irish war bagpipes, different from the Uilleann bagpipes, which was developed around the beginning of the 18th century), the stoc and sturgan (clarions or trumpets), and the cnamha (castanets). There is also evidence of the fiddle being used in the 8th century.

To learn about traditional Irish music, check “A History of Irish Music” (1905) by William H. Grattan Flood. (Online book, can be downloaded or read in web format).

If you are interested in self-taught programs to learn of some of the traditional instruments, check ComhaltasLive, the weekly internet video programme of Irish traditional music produced by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. These video-programs are organized by instrument, tune (reel, jig, etc.) and venue (competition, concert, etc.). 

Also, another source is the Revised Tunebook from the Kington, Harp of Tara Branch, of Comhaltas.
Until next time / Go dtí an chéad uair eile!