Edel Ní Chorráin has been appointed as Director Publishing, Lexicography and Terminology Services at Foras na Gaeilge. She will take up her duties in the coming weeks in the Foras na Gaeilge Gaoth Dobhair offices.
Edel has many years of experience in the areas of education, teacher training and in particular designing Irish language teaching resources for the classroom. As Education Manager for Irish-Medium Education, post-primary, with the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA), Edel has developed an online dictionary, Ríomhfhoclóir Matamaitice, which provides definitions of mathematics terminology.
Edel Ní Chorráin is serving as Foras na Gaeilge Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Education Services since August 2017. A recruitment process to appoint her successor will be arranged during the spring. As Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Education Services and as a member of the senior management team, Edel is a representative on behalf of Foras na Gaeilge in the north, dealing with strategy design for the Irish language in the north, and in the south on the boards of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COGG) in the south.
Congratulating Edel Ní Chorráin on her appointment, Foras na Gaeilge Chief Executive, Seán Ó Coinn, said that “Edel Ní Chorráin’s broad experience in the field of education would be very important working in area of publishing, lexicography and terminology, since it is educational bodies and their pupils and students who mostly use Foras na Gaeilge materials.”
Edel Ní Chorráin will remain on the Foras na Gaeilge senior management team in her new role, with her colleagues Shane Ó hEidhin, Director of Corporate Services, and Breandán Mac Craith, the organisation’s Director of Development Services, who was appointed in his role in 2021 and is the Foras na Gaeilge representative on the Irish Language Services Advisory Committee, and responsible for the implementation of the southern government’s language planning policy outside of the Gaeltacht.
Speaking about her priorities in the new role, Edel said, “It’s a great honour to be appointed in this role in an area that is so important and vital for the development and ongoing vitality of the Irish language. One of my priorities will be developing learning materials and the use of technology to facilitate the learning of Irish.”
Note to the Editor
Biographical note: Edel Ní Chorráin
Edel Ní Chorráin was raised in Garrison in Co. Fermanagh. She is a graduate of the University of Ireland, Galway (BA in Irish and Mathematics). She attended Queen’s University Belfast, where she gained a Postgraduate Degree in Education and an M.Sc. in Educational Multimedia. Edel has spent periods teaching in Coláiste Feirste in Belfast, in Coláiste Chineál Eoghain in County Donegal and as an Assistant Editor with Foras na Gaeilge. She spent 10 years working as leader, teacher and then principal in Coláiste Mhachaire Rabhartaigh. She was appointed as Education Manager for Irish Medium Education, Post-primary, with CCEA in 2012 and during that time she was responsible for providing resources to the post-primary Irish medium sector in the north, including online resources.
Edel was appointed Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Education Services in Foras na Gaeilge in August 2017.
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