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Comhghairdeas do Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin - Martina Anderson MLA

4 August, 2010 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Martina Anderson MLA (Foyle) has extended Comhghairdeas do Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, the Irish language educational facility on Great James Street, on its nomination in the World Building of the Year architectural awards.

The building was designed by Dublin-based architects O'Donnell and Tuomey, and now Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin is one of five buildings in Ireland nominated along with other prestigious buildings worldwide such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Soccer City in Johannesburg and the Apple Store in New York. The winner will be announced at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in November.

Martina Anderson said:

“Although credit for the design of this magnificent facility in Derry must go to the architects a ‘comhghairdeas mór’ must also go to Gearóid O hÉara and his team for the foresight shown by them in recognizing the need for such a facility in Derry and driving the project forward from conception to completion.

“Already the recipient of a national architectural award this further accolade is to be welcomed and I hope it will act as a spur for all those in the City interested in promoting the Irish language and culture to come together and consolidate the work that is being carried out in this magnificent £4m structure.

“Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, at the heart of the Irish language revival project in the City is an Irish language, arts and cultural facility which was the brainchild of Gearóid O hÉara and his team of language and culture enthusiasts based at An Gaeláras which was founded in 1982 but was unsuited to the growing needs of the numbers wishing to become conversant in our native language.

“From the limited space of terraced accommodation across the Street at An Gaeláras, Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin now houses a 200-seat theatre, a café, bookshop, classroom space, computer suite and business units.

“Arís, Comhghairdeas mór do Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, and I would encourage everyone to visit this community facility and experience its open space and welcoming atmosphere.” CRÍOCH

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