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Sinn Féin MEP guest speaker at opening of Irish language school

1 July, 2005

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún will be the guest speaker at the official opening of Naíscoil Naomh Éanna at Saint Enda's GAC, Glengormley. The opening will also serve as a graduation ceremony. Ms de Brún said that the school 'reflected the vibrancy in the language and its important place within the community'.

A number of the older children transferring to Bunscoil Mhic Reachtain will be presented with leaving diplomas and the younger children will be presented with certificates of achievements for completing year one of naíscoil.

Speaking today Ms de Brún said:

"I am pleased to have been asked to participate in both the opening and graduation ceremonies at Naíscoil Naomh Eanna. The significance of this school to the local community in the Glengormley area cannot be underestimated. The school has been in existence for a year and has provided opportunities to foster cultural activities in a growing and largely new community in the area.

"I want to pay tribute to all of those who have made the school a success, from the teachers and staff to the pupils and their parents. Irish classes are provided for parents and other interested people living in the community. At a time of revival and great interest in the Irish language, and in light of official European recognition of Irish, all of those connected with Naíscoil Naomh Éanna can feel rightly proud.

"There are now over 40 naíscoil across the North. Parents are choosing Irish medium education for their children not only because of their love of the language but also because of the high standard of education in the Irish medium schools.

"I want to wish Naíscoil Naomh Eanna all the very best for the coming years and hope that the school will flourish. All of those attached to the naíscoil can feel very proud that it is contributing to the growing popularity in Irish medium education in Belfast and its surrounding areas." ENDS

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