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Ní Chuilín announces funding for Irish language cultural hub for Upper Springfield

10 December, 2015 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has announced funding of £160,000 to help build a new Irish language cultural hub for the Upper Springfield area.

The new centre is for the Glór na Móna Irish language organisation and will be named Ollionad na Carraige. Being built on a site beside Whiterock Leisure Centre, the centre is being co-funded by Belfast City Council and Ciste Infheistíochta Gaeilge.

Speaking about the new development, the Minister said: 

“This is an excellent day for the Irish language in the Upper Springfield area. When it is completed, this new centre will greatly help Glór na Móna to further establish and develop an Irish language resource centre that will also act as a cultural hub for the entire local community and a catalyst for the regeneration of the surrounding area.

“Learning and everyday usage of Irish is on the increase right across Ireland and nowhere more so than in Belfast’s own Gaeltacht. The addition of a new centre for Glór na Móna will help the organisation to inspire and empower a new generation of young Gaels and indeed encourage them to truly live their life through Irish, known as gaelsaolaíocht. 

“I am very pleased that my Department is funding this worthwhile venture in the amount of £160,000 and my thanks go to the co-funders Belfast City Council and Ciste Infheistíochta Gaeilge. I look forward to seeing the centre come to fruition in May 2016.”

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