13/11/18

Grant of up to €35,406 sanctioned by Minister of State Kyne to set up music, dance and singing classes in the Aran and Connemara Gaeltacht

Government Chief-Whip and Minister of State for the Irish language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Seán Kyne T.D., today announced that he has sanctioned a grant of up to €35,406 for the Galway Teachers Network to make music, dancing and singing classes available temporarily throughout the Galway Gaeltacht.

The grant has been sanctioned to the Galway Teachers Network in order to ensure that classes in the traditional arts are made available in Connemara and Aran from September 2018 to December 2018- during which time Ealaín na Gaeltachta will be responsible for the management of the programme.

Even though the provision of classes that are already available in the Donegal and Cork Gaeltacht areas for the school year 2018/19 are being continued in the short-term, Ealaín na Gaeltachta will not be able to start classes in the Galway Gaeltacht until January 2019 due to the arrangements in relation to the recruitment of tutors and other administrative issues which need to be finalised in order to ensure that an appropriate service which is of a high standard is made available to both students and parents. Ealaín na Gaeltachta currently have an ongoing recruitment campaign to hire a Coordinator of Native Arts for Young People and it is hoped that someone will be appointed before the end of the month.

A grant of up to €325,000 was sanctioned to Ealaín na Gaeltachta last July for activity programmes in traditional arts for young people to be improved in all over the Gaeltacht during the current school year. This is done in accordance with Action 2.10 of the Activities Plan for Irish 2018-2022. Under the new programme, a distinguished expansion and development has been made for the provision of music, dance, singing and oral art classes over all the Gaeltacht areas.

‘‘There is a special importance in the native arts with language promotion amongst young people of the Gaeltacht’’, said Minister of State Kyne. ‘‘This is why my Department has decided to expand the attendance of young people in this area and why the new programme of activities for the traditional arts has been established with Ealaín na Gaeltachta. It is really amazing that a group of Connemara tutors have come together to fill the gap in the classes of the area, so that Ealaín na Gaeltachta can start the programme in the Galway Gaeltacht next year. I praise the network of teachers who took this upon themselves and I am delighted to support them with their endeavours.’’

This grant has been sanctioned in accordance with the provisions in the Community and Language Support Programme under act 2.2 of the Action Plan 2018-2022 for Irish, which was launched in June 2018.

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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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