08/04/18

Minister of State McHugh announces expansion of Clár Techspace project

The Minister of State with responsibility for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh TD, announced today(Sunday 8 April) that he has sanctioned a grant of €283,347 for Camara Ireland to further develop the Clár TechSpace project.

The Clár TechSpace  project is a national project that aims to impact the lives of young people by becoming Ireland’s leading creative technology network for outcome focused youth development through the medium of Irish.

TechSpace is a national network of digital media spaces in youth centres and schools.

The network helps young people to create digital and technological material as they engage in activities such as digital film, web design, mobile app development and robotics, among others.  Under the direction of trained instructors and mentors, young people can enhance their computer competency, while improving their self-confidence and social skills.

Launched in Connacht in 2015, the Clár TechSpace team is currently working with schools and youth clubs in Connacht and Munster.

The funding announced today will allow this work to continue in both provinces, with an increased emphasis on developing the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines.  Additionally, work will commence with a view to rolling the programme out to Ulster and Leinster.

A major addition this year is a new event, Tech Féile, which will celebrate the work of the young people participating in Clár TechSpace.

Speaking today, Minister of State McHugh said:

I was delighted to launch the Clár TechSpace project in 2015, as I recognised the positive impact it could have on young people’s lives, and the opportunity it would afford them to develop their technology skills through Irish.  It is heartening to see the progress that has been made by the project since then as it expanded from Connacht into Munster, and I welcome the news that work will commence this year to begin rolling it out in Ulster and Leinster.

I am particularly pleased with the development of TechFéile, a major new event in collaboration with TG4, which will highlight the work being done by young people through the medium of Irish in the TechSpace programme.  A full day of events is being planned with workshops, exhibitions, guest speakers, music and prizes and I’m sure it will be a great success.  As we celebrate Bliain na Gaeilge 2018, it is particularly apt that we celebrate the innovative work being undertaken by the next generation of Irish speakers in this programme.”

Notes to Editors

Tech Féile

Tech Féile will take place on Friday 27 April 2018, at the Limerick School of Art and Design, Limerick.

Attendance is strictly by invitation only.  If you would like to attend on the day, please contact the TechSpace team at info@techspace.ie

For more information, please see https://www.techspace.ie/tech-feile

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