Monday, August 29, 2011

Bígí Linn ar G Day: Join in the Celebration of Gaeilge in Lismore

Lismore is gearing up for An G-Day on 7th September, 2011. Can You Help to Turn Lismore into TG4’s Next Top Irish Speaking Town?
The G Team:
TG4 and Adare Productions are producing a brand new series where non-Gaeltacht communities compete against each other for the opportunity to call themselves The G-Team Champions 2011 and to win a €40,000 Foras na Gaeilge prize to use to promote their local area. Lismore has been chosen to compete in the first round of this competition.

The G-Team challenges competitors to begin using their native tongue in their daily routines. Can the local butcher sell the Sunday roast in Irish? Can parents learn enough of the language to read their kids a bedtime story?

G Day:
In our bid for victory, Lismore will host G -Day (Gaeilge Day) on Wednesday, September 7 when the TG4 cameras roll into town to capture a cupla focal being spoken on the streets of Lios Mór.

A carnival atmosphere will greet the camera crew with a host of free entertainment on offer throughout the day. Lismore Farmers Market will set up in Castle Avenue, there will be art, archery and science in the park with music, busking and dancing in the roads as Fred and Adele Astaire return to Lismore courtesy of local ballroom dancers.

Irish Classes/Ranganna Gaeilge:
Classes are being held at Lismore Heritage Centre on Tuesday nights at 7pm for anyone wishing to brush up on their Irish. Classes are €5.

The cameras have already been in Lismore and they like what they see, so come out on September 7th and join in the G Day- we can’t do it without YOU!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Exciting New Heritage Week Events at Lismore Heritage Centre

Heritage Week will be held around Ireland 20th-28th August 2011 and Lismore Heritage Centre has some exciting new events specially planned for children and families.

Saturday 20th August is National Tell Tale Day and the Heritage Centre invites children to uncover The Story of Lismore- our town’s amazing history- through art, drama and storytelling. The Story of Lismore will be held 10.00am-12.00pm on 20th August. It is suitable for primary school age children. Booking is essential as places are strictly limited. There is an admission cost of €3.00 to cover the cost of supplies; each child will craft a souvenir ‘Book of Lismore.’

We know it’s not fair to let kids have all the fun so adults are cordially invited to take part in our Discover Lismore Treasure Trail; a great fun way to uncover the town of Lismore. Pick up a Trail pack from Lismore Heritage Centre at any time during Heritage Week and set off to solve your clues. Return with the completed questions to claim your Scavenger Cert and be entered on our Facebook Wall of Fame. Bring the children and do it as a family or bring your friends and make a race of it. The Discover Lismore Treasure Trail is completely free of charge. Bring a camera if you can!

For further information on these events please call Arlene on 058-54975 or email For more events visit

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Seanfhocal an Lae: Irish Proverb of the Day

We are brushing up on our Irish in preparation for Lismore’s participation in The G Team- the reality television series to find Ireland’s top Irish speaking town outside of the Gaeltacht . To get ourselves in Gaeilge mode we are digging out old Irish proverbs and sharing them on our outdoor blackboard each day.

Anyone in Lismore who would like to know what our seanfhocal is can call into Heritage Centre Reception to ask. If your cúpla focal is up to it you can pop in and translate it to us; the first person to correctly translate the seanfhocal each day will earn a free tea/coffee OR a free visit to ‘The Lismore Experience’ audio visual show.

While the tea and coffee requires you to physically come and see us we would love our Facebook friends and tweeps to join in the fun so just for the sheer joy of racing each other we will pop the seanfhocal up each morning; ar aghaidh linn!

Monday, August 8, 2011

A Photographic ‘Heritage Moment in Time’ Competition in Lismore

This competition will provide an opportunity to record a week in the life of Lismore from a ‘Heritage’ perspective. Heritage is defined as:

“features belonging to the culture of a particular society, such as traditions, languages or buildings, which still exist from the past and which have a historical importance” (Cambridge Dictionary)
“National heritage is defined as monuments, archaeological objects, heritage objects, architectural heritage, flora, fauna, wildlife habitats, landscapes, seascapes, wrecks, geology, heritage gardens and parks and inland waterways” (Heritage Council of Ireland).

Considering these broad parameters, take a photograph during Heritage Week to capture a Heritage Moment in Time for future generations to appreciate and enjoy. The competition is open to anybody who is in Lismore between the 20th-28th August, locals and tourists alike.

Photographs will be judged to a shortlist by an independent panel of local people. The shortlisted pictures will be put on the Heritage Centre Facebook page and the winner decided by public vote. The shortlisted pictures will be the photographs that in the opinion of the judges demonstrate the greatest flair, technique and originality in portraying the heritage of Lismore.

Winners will be announced in September to coincide with Community Service Day at the Heritage Centre. First prize sponsored by Mari Mina Pharmacy, Lismore.

All shortlisted submissions will be displayed in the Heritage Centre and posted on the new Heritage Centre website ( for viewing.

• Photographs must be taken in and around Lismore during Heritage Week
• Entries must be digital files
• Entries to be emailed to
• Images must be submitted as jpegs, saved at high quality setting
• No limit to number of entries submitted
Please include the following information:
• Name, address and telephone number
• Age (if under 18)
• Location of the image taken
Rules and Guidelines
• Where photographs contain the images of people, it is the responsibility of the candidate to inform the individuals concerned that he/ she shall submit the photograph to the Heritage Centre Competition and to have obtained the consent of the individual in question.
• Candidates will retain copyright in their submitted entries. However by entering the competition, the candidate grants rights to Lismore Heritage Centre a royalty free license to publish and use the entry in all media for publicity purposes.

• All entries must be submitted by 9th September

Friday, August 5, 2011

Irish Classes in Lismore Heritage Centre: Join the G Team

Lismore is recruiting for The G-Team! The G-Team is a brand new TG4 reality TV series searching for Ireland’s top Irish speaking town (outside of the Gaeltacht). TG4 will be visiting Lismore in the coming weeks in the run up to G Day- the day the cameras roll into town to observe every effort being made to use Irish in the community. The show’s producers assure us that “The G Team is not about fluent Irish speakers or people who got top marks in Irish in school, the programme encourages everyone to dust off the cupla focal they have and to use it in our everyday lives”

Lismoreians of all ages and Irish speaking abilities are urged to get involved in G Team preparations; James Lenane, Chairman of G Team Committee says “The G Team is a fantastic opportunity to showcase Lismore to a national audience.” Not to mention the €40,000 Foras na Gaeilge prize that the ultimate winners of G Team will take away to benefit their local area.

To facilitate anyone who would like to dust off their bit of Gaeilge in advance of G Day a series of Irish classes will be held in Lismore Heritage Centre. Classes will begin on Tuesday 16th August at 7.00pm and continue for six weeks on Tuesday evenings. The classes will be approximately one hour in duration and will cost €30.00 per person in total.

If you are interested in attending these classes please contact Arlene Kenny on 058-54975 or email