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Mid Ulster Council celebrates Irish Diploma Graduates

September 1st, 2015


Ulster GAA President Martin McAviney recently attended a celebration event by Mid Ulster District Council to promote the Irish Diploma at Ulster University.

The Chair of Mid Ulster District Councillor Linda Dillon met and congratulated the graduates, who all gained their qualifications as part of an Ulster University course run at the Burnavon in Cookstown and designed to bring higher learning opportunities to local communities.

Martin McAviney said, “Ulster GAA is delighted to be associated with the Ulster University’s Irish Language diploma and once again we are offering a limited number of scholarships for GAA members to study this course. We have already received a high volume of applications for scholarships for September but there is still time for GAA members interested in studying Irish to apply for scholarships.”

Speaking at the event, Councillor Dillon, said: “To achieve diploma level is a significant personal success for all the students and is also an endorsement of the approach adopted by the School of Irish Language and Literature at Ulster University, in partnership with the former Cookstown District Council, which has brought classes of this level right into the heart of local communities, to people who would otherwise have to travel to Derry or Belfast – more often than not, this is just not a viable option, particularly for anyone living in rural areas.

“Mid Ulster District Council is pleased to be continuing the relationship with the university and our support of the development of the Irish language through this programme, which is once again open for enrolment and attracting great interest”.

Dr Malachy Ó Néill, Head of School of Irish Language and Literature said, “We’ve already had almost forty graduates from this programme, some of whom have gone on to study Irish at degree level at our Belfast and Magee campuses. We look forward to another great year.”

The next course commences on Saturday 19th September. Anyone interested in taking this course should contact Mrs Ros O’Hagan, Secretary in the School of Irish for an application form: 028 7167 5277 or email or complete a form online via the university’s web site at

Gaeilge sa Chlub 2015/16

Ulster GAA have limited number of scholarships for GAA members across Ulster who are applying for the Ulster University’s Irish Diploma. Scholarships will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, with scholarships up to 50% of course fees.

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