11/12/18

Minister of State Sean Kyne sanctions grant of up to €15,079 to Spraoi Mara, Conamara, in order to buy a lifeboat

Seán Kyne T.D., Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands announced today, (11 December), that he has sanctioned a grant of up to €15,079 or 80% of the complete cost, whichever is lesser, to Spraoi Mara in order to buy a new lifeboat.

This grant to Spraoi Mara has been sanctioned in order to buy a lifeboat to enable them to add to their water sports in Ceantar na nOileán, an Cheathrú Rua and throughout Conamara. This new boat, which will be specially adapted for wheelchairs, will enable organisations to cater for people with special needs.

Spraoi Mara provides kayaking and snorkelling courses for children, for teenagers and for adults, as well as organising summer camps through the medium of the Irish language. The staff is trained for this and organises other events through the medium of Irish. Special emphasis is placed on water camps which are directed towards young people in primary schools, post-primary schools and third level institutes. Participants are trained in kayaking and safety skills which are conducted through the medium of Irish.  Courses/camps are organised throughout the summer, and have been successful so far.

Minister of State Kyne said: “I am very happy to be able to sanction funding for this organisation.  It is very important that people have the opportunity to benefit from the natural resources which surround us. Spraoi Mara is now able to add to its courses for local people and tourists and to do so as safely as possible.”

This grant has been sanctioned in accordance with the pledge given in the Community and Language Supports Programme under act 2.22 of the Government’s Action Plan 2018-2022 for the Irish language which was launched in June 2018.

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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