£210,000 approved for East Belfast Mission Turas project

23Jul

Foras na Gaeilge is delighted to announce that a grant to the value of £210,000 has been approved for East Belfast Mission to develop the Turas project over a 3 year period.

Turas was established in 2012 to promote the Irish language among the Protestant, unionist and loyalist community in the north and the project aims to raise awareness about the Irish language locally, at government level and at cross-border level. 

East Belfast Mission have prepared a comprehensive plan which mainly focuses on developing Irish language awareness as well creating opportunities for learning and practise for learners to develop the Irish language among the unionist community in east Belfast and throughout Northern Ireland. Turas currently provides 14 Irish language classes to 200 learners as well as heritage sessions and cultural events on a weekly basis.

Foras na Gaeilge Chief Executive Officer Seán Ó Coinn said, “This project is changing the landscape of the Irish language throughout the island, particularly in the north, and shows the people of the island that Irish is not connected to a political point of view or national identity  – rather that Irish belongs to this island and the people of the island.“

Turas Development Officer, Linda Ervine said, “We greatly appreciate the support of Foras na Gaeilge for Turas and we will be able to continue bringing the Irish language to new communities and potential learners as well as supporting our existing learners by providing opportunities for them to improve their language skills.”

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More information on Turas and East Belfast Mission is available here: https://www.ebm.org.uk/turas/

Further information:

Anna Davitt, Programme Manager: Communications, Marketing & Awareness, Foras na Gaeilge

Tel: 0035387 673 6175   Email: adavitt@forasnagaeilge.ie