‘Grá & Eagla’ the award winning documentary has received huge international success and will screen as part of the Mother Tongues Arts Festival, Galway and Dublin this coming Spring. The documentary follows Áine Gallagher as she prepares to perform bilingual comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As the story unfolds, we see the doubt and insecurity experienced and sheds fresh insight on what being an Irish speaker means in modern Ireland.
Events will include panel discussions and insights from people with experience of speaking English and other languages as a second language. Ultimately, it is aimed that audiences can learn about the common experiences of learning languages, and leave feeling encouraged and confident to learn their own second language.
2018 has been such a fantastic year! Thanks to everyone who I’ve worked with and who’s supported me. If I even try to start mentioning people it will be impossible. But main thing is, let’s keep supporting each other in 2019 and beyond…here’s to a bright and positive future.
This Ted x talk describes the experience of trying to learn and immerse yourself in the Irish language. It shares relatable insights for anyone with experience of learning a second language. The main point is, we’ll never reach ‘perfection’, because it is a concept that doesn’t exist. Or we at least need to change our perception of what ‘perfection’ is. Therefore, if you want to speak Irish, English, Mandarin, French etc, just do it and forget about the embarrassment. We all feel the same and we can gain so much from challenging ourselves.
‘Tá Gaeilge Agat’ is for anyone who has ever said to themselves, ‘I wish I could speak Irish’. The fact is, you can speak Irish, but sometimes you need a bit of extra encouragement. This evening will see a number of people share their personal stories of how they have found a way to use Irish in their everyday lives. Entertainment will include a screening of the award winning documentary ‘Grá & Eagla’ plus guest speakers Gearóidín McEvoy and Osgúr Ó Ciaraidh.
The aim is that people will leave enthused, knowing that they are not alone, that they can speak Irish and sometimes you just need a little push.
‘Tá Gaeilge Agat’ November 21st, Workman’s Club Dublin, doors 7.30pm. Tickets available on Eventbrite.
Áine Gallagher will perform her acclaimed solo comedy show ‘Making Sense’ at this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival. Áine is coming fresh from her second solo run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where she received rave reviews. You will not want to miss this masterpiece of socially awkward and witty humour from the comedian who is ‘destined for great things’ according to Alison Spittle, and one of Phil Jupitus’ favourite Irish comedians.
Show runs from September 10th to 14th at 6.45pm, with an extra show on September 15th at 1pm.
Áine Gallagher has announced the preview dates for her new Edinburgh solo show ‘Are You Well?’ This show will share stories of Áine’s latest encounters on public transport and aims to provide insight in how to live happily and reduce the stress experienced when trying to understand graphs. Fans of deadpan comedy will love it. Other people should like some of it.
Áine Gallagher is delighted to announce that she will be resident MC for Funny Women Ireland. Funny Women began in the UK over ten years ago, aiming to support and empower women to do stand up comedy. It is now very exciting that Ireland will have it’s own branch and nationwide ‘Time of the Month’ events. These include workshops and live events where support is offered to those with an interest to begin performing stand up comedy.
Watch this space for nationwide events. If you’re interested to learn more email email@example.com.
Áine Gallagher will be bringing her acclaimed Edinburgh solo show ‘Making Sense’ to this year’s Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival. This is the show that leaves no questions unanswered about social norms and sex appeal, as well as guaranteeing audience members fully functional Irish language skills after just 60 minutes.
Grá & Eagla is a short documentary examining Irish people’s attitudes towards our native language. It explores why it is that the majority of Irish people feel positive about Irish, yet don’t find a way to speak it in their own lives. The story follows comedian Áine Gallagher as she prepares material for her bi-lingual stand-up comedy shows, continues her journey to speak Irish confidently and faces her own insecurities head on. The film offers fresh insight into what it means to be an Irish-speaker in modern Ireland and aims to provide encouragement to future Irish speakers.
The next screening of Grá & Eagla will be in Luxembourg at the British and Irish Film Season on Thursday the 20th of September at 6.30pm in the Cinématheque.
This documentary was funded by Galway Film Centre’s ‘Dig Where You Stand’. A scheme to provide opportunities and develop skills for new documentary and film makers.