Irish Language Bursaries Awarded

The 25th Annual Irish Language Bursary Awards took place at Strule Arts Centre, Omagh on the afternoon of Thursday 22 October 2015

Published: 29th October 2015

The 25th Annual Irish Language Bursary Awards took place at Strule Arts Centre, Omagh on the afternoon of Thursday 22 October 2015.

Eighteen students, ranging in age from 12 – 18, as well as four adults and a family of four, received bursaries. Two further bursaries were awarded to winners of the West Tyrone Feis.

The bursary scheme offered people of all ages from the former Omagh District Council area the opportunity to attend a recognised course at a Gaeltacht with the bursaries going some way to help offset the costs of the course. Bursaries were awarded retrospectively, for residential courses undertaken during the summer.

The awards event was attended by bursary recipients, their families and invited guests with traditional music by the Scallon Sisters.

Speaking at the event, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, said:

‘The awards scheme was a source of great pride and satisfaction in the legacy Council. I understand that the popularity of the Bursary Awards has not diminished over the 25 years. The promotion of Irish language, particularly amongst our young people, is critical to its survival and I am greatly encouraged by the number of applicants for the available bursaries’.

Almost 400 bursaries have been awarded since the bursary scheme began in 1990, enabling many young people and adults to avail of the learning experiences provided by the Gaeltacht.

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