Mohawk Scholar among Canadian students on Gaeltacht Summer Scholarship
The first recipient of the unique Mohawk-Irish Language Scholarship will complete an Irish language course at Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge in An Cheathrú Rua in the Connemara Gaeltacht today.
Tahothoratie Cross is among twenty Canadian students who have spent the last three weeks in the Gaeltacht as part of the Ireland Canada University Foundation’s Irish Language Programme which is run in collaboration with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
This programme has enabled thousands of Canadians to engage with the Irish language and culture for the last eleven years. All scholarships are financed in partnership with universities and institutions in Canada.
This year sees an award made to Tahothoratie Cross, the first recipient of the Mohawk-Irish Language Scholarship, which is co-funded by the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke in Quebec.
Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands Seán Kyne TD will present the participants of the programme with Awards to recognise the completion of their Gaeltacht studies.
Minister Kyne said:
“I wish to congratulate all of this years participants and praise the efforts of their teachers in Canada in the promotion and preservation of the Irish language/ While this scheme is especially relevant to Canadians of Irish decent, it is also important in terms of promoting the growing interest in Irish culture in Canada generally. An important aspect of the developing interest in Irish culture in Canada has been the growing demand for Irish language tuition and the need for support from third level institutions to assist with the development of Irish language courses. I hope that the period of study in the Gaeltacht will have strengthened the students love of Irish, and that it will continue to grow when they return home. “
James Kelly, CEO of the Ireland Canada University Foundation said “Ireland and Canada enjoy a rich shared culture and heritage. A remarkable 4.5 million Canadians trace their ancestry back to Ireland, and it is the mission of ICUF to build new and engaging connections between Ireland and Canada, so that the friendship between both countries can thrive into the future. The Clár Gaeilge is a core part of our mission, and this year we are particularly excited to be expanding this programme to welcome a scholar from the Mohawk Nation to join our Canadian learners in Ceathrú Rua.”
Deir Treasa Uí Lorcáin, Riarthóir Ionaid, Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, An Cheathrú Rua.
“Tá an scéim scoláireachta samhraidh seo, i gcomhpháirt leis an RCOG agus ICUF, ag cruthú deiseanna leis an nGaeilge a shealbhú agus é ag treisiú an cheangail idir phobal na Gaeltachta agus mhuintir Cheanada. Is iontach an leas agus an tairbhe atáthar a chothú don Ghaeilge agus is údar misnigh agus spreagadh don phobal áitiúil é go roghnaíonn na mic léinn seo baile na Ceathrún Rua le seal a chaitheamh ann ag foghlaim na teanga. “
Tahothoratie Cross, Scoláire Mohawk, Kahnawá:ke, Québe, Ceanada said
“This has been an amazing experience to be here in the heart of the Gaeltacht experiencing the living language and culture first hand. The whole community has been so welcoming and living with my host family feels like a home away from home. The course has been fun, fast paced with lots of activity which is very exciting. I haven’t learned a new language from scratch for a very long time and I feel like I have definitely learned a lot.”