Page 11, 27th May 1938

27th May 1938
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Page 11, 27th May 1938 — The Feiseanna

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The Feiseanna

There were nearly 10,000 people at the Gaelic feis, in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, gathered in the Christian Brothers' Park. A veteran of the patriotic cause, Canon James McGlinchey, P.P., V.F., from County Derry, delivered an oration, in which he declared that the aim of our people must be to maintain the national culture not less than to secure freedom and unity. Was the danger of denationalisation lessened by the recent Agreement with Britain?

" We do not want to be at enmity with any country." the Canon said, " but we arc more easily led by soft words and blandishments, than driven by persecution and tyranny."

The Very Rev. Dr. McShane, P.P., V.F., spoke of a great awakening on behalf of the language in the Six Counties, and said it was difficult to understand how nationalminded people could tolerate the rubbish that was served out on the radio.

in Belfast, the biggest feis of recent years is proceeding this fortnight. It will close on Sunday, and the Belfast Radio will broadcast a prizewinners' concert. There are 5,000 Gaelic speakers in the city now.

Now that the season of the feiseanna is in full swing, every Sunday will see many such gatherings. At Carndonagh, particular interest was taken in the Plain-song competitions, at which the Rev. John Burke, Dean of University College, Dublin, adjudicated.

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