23/08/2012 Minister Dinny McGinley T.D. opens a youth course for Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and announces a grant of €256,000 for Comharchumann Mhic Dara, An Cheathrú Rua
Speaking today at the official opening of a national leadership course for officers of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in An Cheathrú Rua in the Galway Gaeltacht, the Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley T.D. said that education was at the heart of the Comhaltas since its inception and that its founders were particularly farsighted in their understanding of the importance of youth in developing and strengthening their Gaelic Culture. “I’m very pleased to be here today in An Cheathrú Rua, in the middle of the Gaeltacht, with these young people who are to be the future leaders of Comhaltas” said the Minister. This is a special year in the life of this organisation as Comhaltas has placed particular emphasis on the Irish language throughout the year. “You have successfully raised the status and awareness of the language and I congratulate you on organising the course entirely through Irish” the Minister said.
Up to 30 young members of Comhaltas are registered to attend this course. These are active members of Comhaltas all over the country. Ms Máirín de Brún, daughter of Séamus de Brún (former President of Comhaltas), is the facilitator for this course. Máirín was Director of Gaeleagras until recently.
While visiting an Cheathrú Rua Minister of State McGinley also announced that he has approved a grant of €256,000 for Comharchumann Mhic Dara to enable them to purchase a building which will be refurbished as a community hall/Irish summer college and office accommodation for the Comharchumann itself. “This will help enable the Comharchumann to purchase this property that is currently not in use, and make it available as a public facility and Irish college accommodation” said the Minister of State. The Minister stressed the importance of providing this kind of support in Gaeltacht areas under the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language so as to enable these communities to address the challenges of the language planning process. “This is Irish language infrastructure” he said “which will support the Comharchumann – in conjunction with the community of An Cheathrú Rua – and will be instrumental in strengthening Irish as the community language of the area.”