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An Irish Language festival will be celebrated by Lisburn and Castlereagh Council for the first time this month. Credit: Google

An Irish Language festival will be celebrated by Lisburn and Castlereagh Council for the first time this month. Credit: Google

An Irish Language festival will be celebrated by Lisburn and Castlereagh Council for the first time this month. Credit: Google

An Irish Language festival will be celebrated by Lisburn and Castlereagh Council for the first time this month.

The council will host four events for Seachtain Na Gaeilge, including a pop-up Gaeltacht and ceili band performance.

Sinn Fein councillor Ryan Carlin said the council's support was "historic". He said: "I think it's really positive for the language, particularly in Lisburn and Castlereagh, and I think it shows a positive reflection of the diverse nature of the council."

Alliance councillor Amanda Grehan said it was a "fantastic news story". She said: "We're acknowledging someone's culture and that's fantastic."

On March 11 Irish language development officer Linda Ervine will teach a cupla focal (a few words). There will also be a screening of a short comedy and a panel discussion about learning Irish at the Studio Theatre on March 20.

Belfast Telegraph