Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe

Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe

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name = An Taibhdhearc

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address = Middle St., Galway City
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country = Ireland
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opened = 1928
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Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, also referred to as An Taibhdhearc (pron. "tive-yark"), is the national Irish language theatre of Ireland. It was founded in 1928.

The word 'Taibhdhearc' appears as a gloss for the word 'teatrum' in an old Irish document in Latin. The word is based on two constituent parts, 'taibh' and 'dearc'. In Modern Irish the verb 'taibhrigh' means 'to dream' while 'taibhsigh' means 'to appear' or 'to loom'. A related noun is 'taibhse' meaning 'a ghost'. The verb 'dearc' means 'to look' and is the visual part of the composite noun 'dearc-fhógrán' (visual advertisement). The modern Irish for a theatre is 'amharclann'.

The building itself is actually built on the ruins of the city's original Augustinian friary. The rear wall incorporates a wall from this friary, including some carved stone window frames. With its location on An tSráid Láir (Middle Street) the Taibhdhearc is situated in the heart of the mediaeval city of Galway.

Throughout the year the theatre is a much sought after venue for drama and music productions, as well as occasionally screening international films. The busiest period for the arts in the city happens during the two weeks of the annual [http://www.galwayartsfestival.ie Galway Arts Festival] .

In 2004 An Taibhdhearc awarded the Gradam Bhaitéir Uí Mhaicín prize for scriptwriting to "Coinneáil Orainn" by Darach Ó Scolaí, which was staged by An Taibhdhearc the following year.

During August and early September An Taibhdhearc hosts an Irish music and dance show called [http://www.music-crossroads.com Music at the Crossroads] .

External links

* [http://www.antaibhdhearc.com An Taibhdhearc Official Website]

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