The Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure Carál Ní Chuilín visited Morgan Athletics Grounds, the home of GAA in Armagh, to present GAA Gaeltacht Scholarships, to speak about her Líofa 2015 campaign and to launch Campa Mhacha.
The Irish Language & Cultural Committee of the Armagh County Board of the GAA were delighted with the turn out for this year’s Gaeltacht scholarships and with this high profile presentation. The recipients came from GAA clubs from across County Armagh and will attend various Gaeltacht colleges in Donegal this Summer e.g. Machaire Rabhartaigh, Bun an Inbhir, Rann na Feirste and Loch an Iúir.
Minister Carál Ní Chuilín spoke to those attending the Armagh GAA & Cairde Teo Irish Language Intensive course about the Líofa 2015 campaign that aims to encourage 2,015 Irish Language enthusiasts to become fluent by the year 2015. The Minister also spoke of the crucial role that the GAA play in communities throughout the country and about her own particular love of hurling.
Pól Ó Dúgáin, Chairman of Armagh County Board, welcomed the Minister to Morgan Athletics Grounds and to the Ceannáras and said that he was proud of the strong tradition of supporting Irish language and culture within Armagh GAA alongside the Gaelic sporting codes. He praised the dedicated team on the Irish language and Cultural Committee of the County Board for promoting the Irish language and culture within the GAA family
Minister Ní Chuilín’s final duty of the day was to officially launch the sixth annual Campa Mhacha which is organised by CAIRDE Teo in Armagh City. Demand for places has already exceeded all expectations and organisers have this year extended the Camp to make 160 places available to primary school children from both Irish and English medium schools in the area. Campa Mhacha offers opportunities to visit places as diverse as Coney Island, Belfast Zoo, Croke Park, Armagh Planetarium, Eamhain Mhacha and Armagh Gaol. Activities on offer will include hurling, camogie, rounders, arts and crafts, dance and music workshops, films, drama, etc. A limited number of places are still available for this year’s camp. For further details or to register your child for this unique cultural experience, please contact CAIRDE Teo’s office on 028 (048) 37 515229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, visit the CAIRDE Teo facebook page or you can reach us on Twitter at @cairdeteo
Despite having such a busy schedule, the minister took time out to join one of the many Irish language classes available on the day and by all accounts she was a very willing and capable student who clearly enjoyed her visit to the hallowed grounds of GAA in County Armagh .
Photos by John Merry