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£80K investment in Irish Language Community Based Activities

Seventeen community based groups and 100 individuals from across the district have been awarded a total of £80,000 in Irish Language grant funding by Mid Ulster District Council for local grassroots projects and individual study. 

The Irish Language Support Funding grants awarded to seventeen community based groups range from £315 to £13,810. Projects supported will deliver a diverse range of activities, including pre-school, primary and post-primary youth programmes, arts and cultural projects and festivals, heritage talks and family support programmes. 

Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Córa Corry has welcomed the investment, saying: 

“This is a significant investment of £80,000, helping to encourage and enable the use of Irish in our district, as well as encouraging cultural and linguistic awareness in the community. Our funding will help individuals with new and improved language skills, and will be used by local groups to deliver on the ground activities that support our young people, older people and areas in need, making a positive difference in our residents’ lives, all through the medium of Irish.”

One of the groups that has received support are An Carn Carntogher Community Association in Maghera. Set up to help deliver a range of initiatives aimed at creating healthy, happy and confident individuals and a prosperous and sustainable rural community, An Carn is using almost £14,000 to run a yearlong programme of activities that focuses on targeting all aspects of the use of Irish in the local district. 

A range of projects including youth activity support, adult learning, heritage promotion, Feis Charn Tóchair, family mentoring, teaching resource development, language colleges, and Irish language drama will be delivered by An Carn throughout the year. 

As a result of the bursaries awarded as part of the Council’s investment, a further 100 individuals will be supported under the Regional Minority Language Scheme to undertake language courses in recognised Gaeltacht colleges. 

Gaeltacht study visits provide attendees with an opportunity to immerse themselves in an Irish speaking community, increase their knowledge and use of Irish through attending classes whilst taking part in a wide range of cultural activities through the medium of Irish.

For any queries on Irish Language funding or support, residents are encouraged to contact the Council’s Irish Language Officer.

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