Cultúrlann Mc Adam Ó Fiaich is an Irish language, arts and cultural centre located at the heart of West Belfast on the Falls Road.
What We Do
Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich is situated at the heart of West Belfast and is home to a wide range of Irish language, artistic and cultural activities which cater for everyone.
Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich host Irish classes, art workshops, céilithe, events for young people and concerts and exhibitions throughout the year. Click here to find out more about the events that we have coming up.
We're also home to An Ceathrú Póilí, a book and gift shop specialising in all things associated with Irish language and culture, and to Bia, a café serving delicious European dishes and famous for its fresh scones!
There are a range of versatile spaces available to rent in Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich which can cater for any kind of event. You can find out more about our available spaces here.
We are also home to the following organisations:
Theatre company Aisling Ghéar
Irish language lifestyle magazine Nós
TACA, which supports the development of Irish-medium education
Macha Media, a television production company
Cinnteacht, a consultancy and training organisation
The name of the centre, Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, recalls the enormous contribution to the revival of the language made by Robert Shipboy McAdam, a Presbyterian businessman from the 19th century and Tomás Ó Fiaich a 20th century Irish scholar from the Catholic tradition.
Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich first opened its doors to accommodate Meánscoil Feirste, a nine pupil Irish-medium secondary school in 1991. The school, now Coláiste Feirste, has since moved to a new at Beechmount and is one of many examples of Irish language projects that have flourished within the Cultúrlann and have developed to create Belfast's Gaeltacht Quarter. Other early resident organisations were newspaper Lá/ Lá Nua, Gaeloiliúint, Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta and Raidió Fáilte.
The centre underwent renovation in 2010 and was re-opened by Irish President Mary McAleese on 19 September 2011, to celebrate 20 years since we opened. The extension and renovation cost £1.9million and included the building of an interactive exhibition space and art gallery, named after local artist Gerard Dillon.
Central to the ethos of this centre has always been a non-political, independent mind-set that values our language and culture as part of the common heritage of all the people. This open, welcoming attitude has given Cultúrlann its reputation as a melting pot of cultures and a hotbed of ideas and innovation.
Today, Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich is proud to cater to all ages and interests in the community through a varied and exciting programme of events.
Monday - Thursday
0900 - 1800
0900 - 2100
1100 - 1600
Opening hours may vary around public holidays such as Easter or Christmas. Please get in touch if you are unsure at email@example.com or by calling 02890 964180
Our Mission is to promote the Irish language through the arts and culture and to promote our culture, arts and heritage through Irish.
The guiding principles below express the aims and strategies of the Cultúrlann:
Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich is administered by a governing body under the guidelines of Memorandum and Articles of Association and conditions of the Companies Act 2006.
We are a company, established for the promotion of educational, artistic and cultural events through the Irish language in the Belfast community and throughout the north of Ireland, by:
The promotion of the range of Gaelic theatrical, dramatic, poetic, literary, musical and creative writing bodies of work.
To inspire participation in Irish arts and cultural events through classes, workshops, entertainment and to provide other participatory occasions.
To provide a working environment for Irish speakers as well as promoting arts and cultural services through the medium of Irish.
To administer an Irish arts and cultural centre and to maintain it under the abovementioned guidelines.