Official opening of Newry Gaeláras Mhic Ardghail a huge success

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Thursday, February 21st, 2013
The Newry Branch of the Gaelic League officially launched Gaeláras Mhic Ardghail, the new Irish Language Cultural Centre, in Chapel St. Newry this week. This magnificent building provides educational, cultural and social facilities for the Irish Language Community of Newry and Mourne. The Gaeláras is the fruits of the labours of a funding partnership of Newry and Mourne District Council, An Ciste Infheistíochta Gaeilge (The Irish Language Investment Fund), Comhaltas Uladh (Ulster Council of the Gaelic League) and the Newry Branch of the Gaelic League. The Cultúrlann (Cultural Centre) provides a permanent home to the Gaelic League which has worked tirelessly over the last century in promoting and developing the Irish Language in the district. The building, housing a library, classrooms, exhibition space, an archive and an auditorium, provides a physical focus for the regeneration of the language in the area and will contribute greatly to the development of cultural tourism in the area. The site was bequeathed to the Newry Irish language community by the McArdle family who had worked diligently throughout the last century to promote the Irish language and culture in Newry. The Gaeláras, a testament to their vision and generosity, will facilitate the mainstreaming of the Irish language into the social, educational and economic fabric of Newry. The main funders of the project, representatives of the McArdle family, local and national politicians, Newry Gaels, the children of Bunscoil an Iúir, the Trustees, architects and contractors packed into the Gaeláras for this auspicious occasion to launch the latest jewel in the cultural heritage of the City.
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