Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Sean McPeake attended an Irish language community awards ceremony at the Burnavon, Cookstown recently.
The purpose of the awards ceremony was to celebrate and recognise the work of the Irish language community in Mid Ulster.
The Glór na nGael competition was established over 50 years ago to recognise the work of community groups and committees across Ireland in the development of the Irish language.
In 2017 the following local groups achieved national recognition;
- Coiste Forbartha Charn Tóchair County Derry (1st Place in the category for communities with populations under 4,000)
- Cairde Uí Néill, Co. Tyrone (Cló Iar-Chonnacht Award for the promotion of literature in the Irish language)
- Cairde Uí Néill again (Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta award for the promotion of Irish medium education)
- Glór Mhachaire Fíolta, Co Derry (Award for the best new entrant).
Speaking about the event, the Chair said: “Just as Glór na nGael seeks to foster and support the Irish language community on the island, Mid Ulster District Council endeavours to support the work of our local Irish language communities to create a truly bilingual society where our ancient language becomes again a language of the home and community relevant to the lives of all our citizens.”