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International Architectural Award

Gaeláras Dhoire's new building is recognised by Italian Architectural Festival. Tuilleadh anseo…>

Cormac MacAnallen Leadership Lecture

It was Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, the GAA broadcaster and national institution that gave this years Cormac McAnallen Leadership Lecture. Listen to Mícheál here...>


Belfast Rose

Aisling Ní Mhearthaile was one of the entrants in the competiton to find the Belfast Rose 2008. Listen to her behind the scenes report here...>


Have you ever considered undertaking as a trade? Do you know what the job entails? Stephen Anne Ó Domhnaill talks to Lynette Fay about his work and how he sees the future for the profession. Find out more here ...>


Kirkintilloch Bothy Fire

Conradh na Gaeilge in Glasgow presents an exhibition describing the circumstances and lasting effects of the Kirkintilloch Bothy Fire, 1937, when ten young Irish ‘tattie howkers’, were tragically killed. Réamonn Ó Ciaráin talks to Lynette Fay about this tragic tale. Níos mó anseo...>


Siobhan Ni Chiobhain

Belfast Lovely Girl 2008

The second Ted Fest will be held shortly on Inis Mór, Co. Galway.  This year for the first time, Ted Fest organised regional heats for The Lovely Girls Competition.  Siobhán Ní Chiobhain from the BLAS team won the title ‘Belfast Lovely Girl 2008’. Níos mó anseo...>


Colaiste Mhig Aoidh

Éigse Cholm Cille 2008

"Irish Language Singing and Song In West Ulster" is the theme of this year's Éigse Cholm Cille. Director of the Éigse, Peadar Mac Gabhann, talks to Lynette about the importance of the song tradition. Níos mó anseo ...>



Irish Language Act

Edwin Poots, Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure recently announced that he still remains unconvinced for the case for an Irish Language Act. Dr Ian Malcolm offers his take on this. Find out more here...>


Seth Lakeman


Lynette Fay presented a special programme from Kelly’s Cellars in Belfast to celebrate the start of Féile an Earraigh.  It was a great night full of music craic and chat! Don’t worry if you missed the programme because we have all the highlights here...>!



Chraol Lynette Fay eagrán speisialta de Blas beo beathaíoch ón fhéile cheoil, Celtic Connections, i nGlaschú i mbliana. Éist anseo le scoth an cheoil agus le hagallaimh speisialta ón chlár anseo...>

English Irish Dictionary

An exclusive report from Barr 50, the awards ceremony for Irish Language business. Anseo...>

English Irish Dictionary


Big numbers turned out for Saturday's Acht na Gaeilge march in Belfast. Blas was there to sample the atmosphere. Anseo...>

English Irish Dictionary

Hands across the border - Fr. Clem McManus tells us how a Catholic Novena strives to build bridges. Níos mó…>

English Irish Dictionary


Alan Titley tells Eoghan Ó Néill about the problems faced by Irish speakers when dealing with modern English terminology and why we need a new English-Irish dictionary. Listen to him here ...>

Statue of Liberty


April Drew, one of the millions of undocumented Irish in the USA talks to Antaine Ó Donnaile about the problems her illegal status creates for her and about the new bill going through the Senate in Washington. Hear what she has to say ....>

Mary McAleese


In an exclusive interview for BLAS, Uachtárán na hÉireann, Máire Bean Mhic Giolla Íosa, talks about her interest in the Irish language and her determination to continually improve her fluency. Éist léi anseo...>

Ian Paisley and MArtin McGuinness


On the 8th May 2007, the first day of a new power-sharing government at Stormont, Eoghan Ó Néill presented a BLAS special. Hear it again…>

An Tor ar Lasadh


A new Presbyterian hymnbook in Irish was recently launched in Belfast. Marcas Mac Pháidín of the Irish-language Presbyterian worship group An Tor ar Lasadh tells us more...>

Bernadette Devlin


In 1969 Bernadette Devlin became the youngest MP ever to be elected to the parliament at Westminister. Bernadette reflects on those times. Éist...>


Hear Bríd Maloney in conversation with some of the most well-known Gaeilgeoirí in Irish life. Here...>



The first permanent Gaeltacht community outside of Ireland will be in Erinsville, Ontario, where local Irish speakers have acquired a 60-acre site. BLAS finds out more…>



More and more parents in the Belfast area are choosing to raise their children through Irish. Eoghan Ó Néill calls in on some of these families to see how they are getting on....>


Mortar Board and books


Should the 11 plus be scrapped? If so, what will replace it, if anything? BLAS takes an in-depth look at the issue of the 11-plus test and academic selection. Anseo...>

Mortar Board and books

Top-class musicians from all over Scotland, Ireland and further afield descended on the city of Glasgow recently for Celtic Connections, a festival comprising three weeks of concerts, sessions and workshops, and a lively celebration of Celtic music and culture. Glac páirt san Fhéile anseo ar Blas....

Students from Gaelcholáiste Reachrann

How can you let the world know that you have the cúpla focal Gaeilge? Students from Gaelcholáiste Reachrann have designed a new badge that they hope will help. Hear how...>


Interpreting in the European Parliament through Irish: Ciarán Mackin from Newry will shortly be qualified to do so. We hear all about this exciting career opportunity…>

Photo: PSNI logo

In the lead-up to the special Sinn Féin Ard Fheis on policing, Eoghan Ó Néill meets two young Republicans with opposing views on this contentious issue. More…>

Photo: Flight Of The Earls

Flight Of The Earls
A documentary series commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Flight of the Earls sets sail Wednesday 24th January at 10.40pm on BBC1 NI. More…>

Photo: An Carn

Ionad An Chairn
Siopa an Chairn is the latest addition to the An Carn Community Centre in south Derry. Bríd Maloney calls in to the grand opening. Anseo...>

Pic: Scotland Week

Scotland Week
Here's your second chance to hear the best of SCOTLAND WEEK on Blas, a very special week of programmes exploring and celebrating the link between Scotland and the north of Ireland. More...>


Digging Deep
Uncovering ancient walls and finding precious artefacts… it's all in a day in the life of Belfast archaeologist Stiofán Ó Cathmhaoil… some days at least. Other days, Stiofán says it's just pure frustration, spending hours in a hole in the freezing cold and finding nothing. BLAS braves the November weather and joins the dig on Waring Street…>

Beans on toast

Tasty Treats
As cash-strapped students settle down to another meal of spaghetti hoops on toast, Máirín Uí Chomáin has some novel ideas to keep nutrition levels high while keeping costs low. BLAS' Fresher Correspondent Anna McHugh is all ears. more…>


TG4 Celebrations
TG4 will be celebrating it's 10th birthday with a seminar on "looking back and looking forward - 10 years of TG4." Details…>


Aid Trip
Karen Kirby catches up with Maghera paramedic Lughaidh MacGiolla Bhríde who's packing his bags to head off to Malawi in Africa on an aid trip.



Have you ever thought of giving up the day job, forgetting about our dreary weather and dreaming it up all over again…in say Argentina? Pól O Gribin from Castledawson has done just that. Anseo...>

An Cheathrú Ghaeltachta

An Cheathrú Ghaeltachta
The Irish-speaking area of Belfast has recently been officially designated the "Gaeltacht Quarter." Gearóid Mac Siacuis explains what this means for the local community and for visitors to the area. Éist...>

Comhaltas Uladh

Comhaltas Uladh
What is Comhaltas Uladh? Lynette Fay asks Seán Mac Giolla Ceara what his short term aims are for the organisation. Anseo...>

Pic: Malachy Cush

Special Series
During Seachtain na Gaeilge 2006, Maryjane Smyth spoke to some celebrities about their experiences of learning Irish in school. Find out what they had to say…>

City Hall, Belfast

Where Best To Go In Belfast?
Eoghan Ó Néill asks Mary Carabine for a few recommendations on the best places to go out in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter and elsewhere.
Listen again…>

Ros na Rún

Open Auditions
Ros na Rún recently advertised for actors with the "sex factor". Find out if Catherine Foley got a call back here.
Listen again…>

Adi Roche

Helen Barrett shares her experience of adopting a child from Belarus just after the Chernobyl disaster.
Listen again…>

Pic; USA Passport

Illegal Immigrants
Niall O'Dowd is Chairman of the The Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform (ILIR) who are campaigning on behalf of the estimated 50,000 undocumented Irish in the United States. From his office at 'The Irish Voice' in New York, Niall tells Eoghan Ó Néill about the situation these immigrants, as well as other immigrants of various nationalities, find themselves in at the moment. more...>


Forty Shades of Green
If you were looking for Eoin Ó Coisneacháin recently, you might have found him hard at work planting thirty acres of trees outside Lisburn. He explains why…>

Belfast Castle

Maolcholm Scott
The shared heritage and traditions between Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man is the subject of a conference which takes place in Belfast Castle. more...>

Celtic Cross

Dúiche Uí Néill
Deanann Malachy Ó Néill cur síos cuimsitheach ar Dhuiche Uí Néill. More...>

RTE Logo

History in the Making
Blas attends the handover of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta's archive from 1972 to 2002 to the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Cultra ...more>


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