Newbattle hosts Celtic festival

Celebrations in Donegal during the first leg of the exchange with Newbattle Abbey College

Celebrations in Donegal during the first leg of the exchange with Newbattle Abbey College

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Newbattle Abbey College will welcome 30 musicians and Irish language speakers from Donegal in Ireland this week for a cultural exchange.

The visit will culminate with the college’s Celtic Festival on Saturday .

The exchange is part of a joint Colmcille Project between Newbattle and Gaoth Dobhair in Donegal to promote Scottish and Irish Gaelic language and culture.

In March, 25 staff and students from Newbattle spent a weekend in Donegal.

Apart from a ticketed concert, the rest of the festival is free and includes live music sessions, traditional dance workshops, local history, storytelling, local produce and many outdoor activities for young people in the grounds and woodlands.