Gaeláras Mhic Ardghail project funders agree memorandum of understanding with Gaelic League

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Saturday, February 18th, 2012
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Cllr Charlie Casey, Mayor, Newry and Mourne District Council with representatives from the main funders of Gaeláras Mhic Ardghail: Ciste In Fheistíochta Gaeilge; Newry and Mourne District Council plus Contractor Kelly McEvoy Brown; Architects Milligan Larkin and Reside and Trustees of the project. Picture: Columba O'Hare

The Newry branch of the Gaelic League have in the last week agreed a memorandum of understanding with the main funders of the Gaeláras Mhic Ardghail project on Chapel Street, which include Ciste Infheistíochta Gaeilge, Comhaltas Uladh and the Newry & Mourne District Council.

Speaking about the project, Deputy Director for the Council Colin Moffett spoke of the legacy The Gaeláras, “The Gaeláras will provide an enduring legacy of the Council’s commitment to the promotion and development of the Irish Language. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the work of Craobh an Iúir, the Newry Branch of the Gaelic League, in overcoming many obstacles and persevering in their commitment to deliver this much needed resource, Gaeláras Mhic Ardghail to the people of Newry.”

Director of Ciste Infheistíochta Gaeilge, Caoimhín Mac Giolla Mhín spoke about the project saying, “Ciste Infheistíochta Gaeilge, the investment fund, was established in the aftermath of funding secured at the Hillsborough Political Agreement. We are focused on ensuring that the necessary physical infrastructure, in the form of community facilities, is in place to assist in the development of the Irish language. The board of Ciste are delighted to be the lead partner in the Newry Gaeláras proposal, and are excited about the prospects of a new state of the art Irish medium educational, social and heritage facility in the city of Newry.”

The director continued, “Newry obviously can attract users from a wide radius and the fact that Newry and Mourne Council and others have become involved in this partnership, to me is a firm indication of its potential. We commend the efforts of the project promoter, Conradh na Gaeilge, and look forward to Gaeláras Mhic Ardghail becoming a vibrant facility providing Irish language services to the people of Newry and Mourne,” concluded Caoimhín Mac Giolla Mhín.”


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