West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Deadline approaching for Irish Language Bursaries

Published: 30 January, 2013

Local Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has reminded people that the deadline for applications for Irish Language Bursaries is fast approaching and will close on Friday 15th February. The bursaries form part scholarships to recognised Irish Language summer courses in the Gaeltacht and have proven successful in previous years with a high demand.

Speaking ahead of the close of the application process councillor Campbell said:

"I would urge local people, including any families, who are intending to go to summer courses this year in the Gaeltacht to apply for the bursaries. In total there are 18 individual bursaries amounted to £150 each as well as a family bursary at £300 each.

"Applications are particularly welcome from those who previously haven't applied. Anyone awarded a bursary in last year's scheme will not be able to benefit this year. The application is broken down into five categories which are: 12-14 years, 14-16 years, 16-18 years, adult and family. Individual assessments will be conducted through an informal conversation of approximately 5 minutes duration in order to receive a bursary.

"We as a council are committed to supporting the development of the Irish Language locally and certainly the bursary scheme is one small measure of this. Indeed the demand for the bursaries has increased significantly in the last number of years.This is also reflected in the uptake of Irish Language classes and courses being rolled out by Omagh District Council.

*Anyone seeking an application form for the scheme can access it through the Omagh District Council website at www.omagh.gov.uk.