Funding awarded to explore feasibility of Irish Language Cultural Centre in Galway City

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Galway Daily news Funding awarded to explore feasibility of Irish Language Cultural Centre in Galway City

Funding has been awarded to explore the possibility of establishing an Irish Language Cultural Centre in Galway City.

Gaillimh le Gaeilge has been approved a grant of €39,459 to conduct a feasibility study on opening such a cultural centre.

The funding was announced today by Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, Patrick O’Donovan under the Irish Language Support Scheme.

“I am excited that the possibilities in this space are being explored by Gaillimh le Gaeilge,” Minister O’Donovan said.

“It is clear that such an Irish Language Cultural Centre would have a hugely positive impact on the economic, social and cultural life of the city.”

He added that this centre would assist with Language Planning activities in areas around the city, and is inline with government commitments under the Action Plan for the Irish Language 2018-2023 and the National Development Plan 2021-2030.

Galway is designated as a Gaeltacht Service Towns under the Gaeltacht Act 2012 and a Language Plan was prepared and approved for the city in 2020.

The main objective of the Language Plan is to increase the use of Irish as a community language in the city on an incremental basis and the commissioning of a feasibility study for an Irish Language Cultural Centre is detailed under Measure 4.

“To that end, I am pleased, as Minister of State, that my Department is in a position to provide a grant to Gaillimh le Gaeilge to enable the organisation to complete this feasibility study.”

“I commend the organisation for its efforts in this area and I am looking forward to seeing the results of the work in the future.”

Gaillimh le Gaeilge was honoured with a Mayoral Reception in June for their work in keeping the Irish Language alive in the city.