The Chair of Mid Ulster District Council has marked a milestone in Irish language achievement at a reception to celebrate the second group of local people to graduate with a diploma in Irish.
Councillor Linda Dillon met and congratulated the graduates, who all gained their qualifications as part of an Ulster University course run at the Burnavon in Cookstown and designed to bring higher learning opportunities to local communities.
Speaking at the event, Councillor Dillon, said:
“To achieve diploma level is a significant personal success for all the students and is also an endorsement of the approach adopted by the School of Irish Language and Literature at Ulster University, in partnership with the former Cookstown District Council, which has brought classes of this level right into the heart of local communities, to people who would otherwise have to travel to Derry or Belfast – more often than not, this is just not a viable option, particularly for anyone living in rural areas.
“Mid Ulster District Council is pleased to be continuing the relationship with the university and our support of the development of the Irish language through this programme, which is once again open for enrolment and attracting great interest”.
Dr Malachy Ó Néill, Head of School of Irish Language and Literature said:
“We’ve already had almost forty graduates from this programme, some of whom have gone on to study Irish at degree level at our Belfast and Magee campuses. In hosting this evening’s reception, Councillor Dillon clearly shares that vision. On behalf of Ulster University and as a member of the growing Irish language community in Mid Ulster I thank Linda sincerely for this support and look forward to continued cooperation with the council in enriching the lives of local people and our communities”.
The next course commences on Saturday 19th September. Anyone interested in taking this course should contact Mrs Ros O'Hagan, Secretary in the School of Irish for an application form: 028 7167 5277 or email [email protected] or complete a form online via the university’s web site at www.ulster.ac.uk/applyonline.