Ireland’s first Gaeltacht for LGBTQ+ adults launches this summer

Taking place this August, the week-long summer camp has been designed for all levels of LGBTQ+ learners of Irish.

Image of Cape Clear where the LGBTQ+ Gaeltacht is taking place. It shows the sea and mountains and fields.
Image: Becky Williamson via Wikimedia Commons

Ireland is getting its first-ever Gaeltacht for LGBTQ+ adults. It will take place off the coast of Cork in Cléire (Cape Clear) from August 12 to 18.

Organised by Meitheal Chléire and AerachAiteachGaelach, the week-long summer camp has been designed to cater to LGBTQ+ learners of Irish at all levels of ability. It will additionally welcome all members of the local community to attend.

Tickets cost €300, which includes a bed in a shared dormitory, with the accommodation also offering kitchen facilities for those who wish to cook their own meals. For anyone who prefers to eat out, there is food available at various pubs on the island.

The ticket price also covers access to Irish classes every morning with Darragh Ó Caoimh from TG4 and Eoin McEvoy, and entrance to all workshops and events. These might include yoga classes with DearcánYoga or Síle Ní Bhroin, candle making, pottery, boat trips or kayaking. There will additionally be a social event every night, with singing, music, fun and great company.

Announcing the news, Meitheal Chléire and AerachAiteachGaelach said they “are delighted to be able to offer this experience to all LGBTQ+ learners, particularly those who feared, growing up, that the Gaeltacht summer camps for teenagers would not be an inclusive space for them.”


Tickets are available now on Eventbrite and going fast; get yours before it’s too late!

AerachAiteachGaelach (translated to gay, queer, Gaelach) set up in 2020 by Eoin McEvoy and Ciara Ní É. Just four years old, the Irish-language arts collective has over 120 members in Ireland and abroad, and the committee meets regularly to put together the group’s vibrant programme of events.

The organisation has grown from strength to strength since its foundation, winning the GALAS Award for Arts & Entertainment in 2023. Furthermore, it emerged victorious from the Irish language category at the National Lottery Good Cause Awards.

© 2024 GCN (Gay Community News). All rights reserved.

Support GCN

GCN has been a vital, free-of-charge information service for Ireland’s LGBTQ+ community since 1988.

During this global COVID pandemic, we like many other organisations have been impacted greatly in the way we can do business and produce. This means a temporary pause to our print publication and live events and so now more than ever we need your help to continue providing this community resource digitally.

GCN is a registered charity with a not-for-profit business model and we need your support. If you value having an independent LGBTQ+ media in Ireland, you can help from as little as €1.99 per month. Support Ireland’s free, independent LGBTQ+ media.

0 comments. Please sign in to comment.