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Tógtha ón MidUlster Mail. 01/09/2016

The Deputy Chair of Mid Ulster District Council has marked a milestone in the Irish language achievement at a reception to celebrate the third group of local people to graduate with a diploma in Irish.
Deputy Chair of the Council, Councillor Sharon McAleer met and congratulated the graduates, who gained their qualifications as part of an Ulster University course run at the Burnavon, Cookstown, which is designed to bring higher learning opportunities to local communities.

Speaking at the event, Councillor Sharon McAleer commented, “Mid Ulster District Council prides itself in the financial investment it makes annually in the promotion and provision of the Irish language within the region. From Swatragh to Ballgawley, we support night classes, intensive courses, community projects as well as arts and cultural activities in the Irish language.

“We are extremely proud of our involvement with the University of Ulster in the delivery of this excellent diploma course, the only third level course within the district in any subject or discipline. Educationally we are now supporting language learners from nursery school right through to university and this is a key factor in the renewed vibrancy of the language.”

The Deputy Chair concluded, “I would like to thank Dr Malachy Ó Néill and his team for their hard work and ongoing commitment to this course.”

Graduating students were awarded their certificates by Professor Jan Jedrzejewski, Dean of the Faculty of Arts with Ulster University. Tribute was paid to the Ulster GAA who provide £10k annually in scholarships for diploma students.

The next diploma course commences in the Burnavon on Monday, September 26. Anyone interested should contact Mrs. Ros O’Hagan at the School of Irish Language for an application form on 028 7167 5277 or email r.ohagan1@ulster.ac.uk, or complete a form online via the university’s website.

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