14/08/17

Grant of €190,729 sanctioned for the Ireland Canada University Foundation

Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh T.D., today (Monday) announced that he has sanctioned funding of €190,729 for the Ireland Canada University Foundation for the 2017/18 academic year to continue the education exchange programme between Ireland and Canada.

This programme has been funded under the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s Irish-language Support Schemes for the past 10 years.  The funding will assist with the living costs of the Irish-language tutors from this country who have been appointed in Canadian institutions for the 2017/18 academic year and to present Irish-language awards to Canadian students coming to Ireland next summer to attend an intensive Irish-language course in Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge in An Cheathrú Rua.

The objective of the Ireland Canada University Foundation is to assist students from Ireland and Canada who wish to spend time continuing their studies in the Irish language.  This funding is being provided in accordance with the objectives of the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030.

Announcing the grant, the Minister of State said:

My Department funded this Irish-language programme for the first time 10 years ago. I’m delighted that I’m in a position to continue that funding and inform the Canadian academic community about the Irish language and about the rich heritage associated with it as one of the oldest native languages still being spoken in Europe.  This is also a wonderful opportunity for the students who attend the Irish courses in the Gaeltacht to actively participate in local life and get a taste of this living culture, both old and new.”

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Irish-Language Support Schemes

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht provides financial assistance to a range of organisations and activities that support the promotion of the Irish language outside of the Gaeltacht. Organisations that receive annual funding include Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, Gaillimh le Gaeilge, Gnó Mhaigh Eo and Gael Taca, Cork.  The work undertaken by these organisations fits closely with the objectives of the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030.

Third Level Education Abroad
Funding is provided under this scheme for the teaching of Irish in foreign universities. The objectives of the fund are to foster goodwill towards the Irish language and to promote it outside of Ireland and to provide a platform where Irish can be accessed and can be centre stage as an international language.

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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