Exemption from Irish to be made easier, education sources say

Posted in Teaching on August 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Pupils will be able to secure exemptions from the study of Irish without requiring psychologists’ reports under new changes being introduced from the start of the school year. It follows a Department of Education review which found evidence that the system was being ‘gamed’, with psychologists being placed under pressure by parents to give exemptions to students who did not qualify for the opt-out …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 August]

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Review shows students think Irish should become optional for Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on July 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Many students think Irish should become an optional subject for the Leaving Cert as a review of senior cycle education uncovers mixed views on keeping Gaeilge compulsory. Parents would also like to see students have the option to focus on five exam subjects instead of seven. Many students believe all subjects should be optional. The finding is included in a review of the existing senior cycle …” (more)

[Jess Casey, BreakingNews.ie, 29 July]

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University campuses should be welcoming to all – Archibald

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2019 by steve

“Speaking following a meeting between Sinn Féin representatives and Queen’s University on equality issues, Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald said: ‘We had a positive discussion on the university’s new draft Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy; and on issues such as visibility of the Irish Language …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 22 May]

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Funding awarded for online Irish adult teaching course

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Centre for Irish Language Research, Teaching and Testing (Lárionad na Gaeilge) at Maynooth University has been awarded funding to develop an online course which will qualify graduates to teach Irish to adults. Minister of State for the Irish Language Seán Kyne announced a grant of €270,000 which will fund the delivery of the course during a visit to the campus on Tuesday afternoon …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 21 May]

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‘Erasmus na Gaeilge’ to bring 175 students to Gaeltacht areas

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A scheme similar to the European Erasmus programme will facilitate up to 175 students who wish to spend a semester studying in the Gaeltacht. Third level students will be offered the opportunity to spend three months in Gaeltacht areas under the new language immersion scheme announced this morning by the Department of the Gaeltacht …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 13 May]

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Céad Oifigeach Gaeilge Riamh Tofa ag QUBSU

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2019 by steve

“Tá Oifigeach Gaeilge tofa in Aontas na Mac Léinn Ollscoil na Banríona (QUBSU) den chéad uair i stair an choláiste. Toghadh Aodhán Ó Baoill oíche Chéadaoin, gan iomaíocht ar bith ina éadan, le 76 faoin gcéad den 1,267 ag vótáil ar a shon …” (more)

[Eoin O’Hare, University Times, 7 March]

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NUI to maintain requirement for mandatory Irish

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The National University of Ireland – which includes UCD, UCC and NUI Galway – is to maintain its requirement that students applying to its colleges must have a pass in Leaving Cert Irish. The NUI’s long-standing policies on Irish have been under review in light of the growing diversity of students progressing to higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 February]

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Almost €3m in funding for Irish Language Academy at NUIG

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Language Academy at NUI Galway has been awarded funding of almost €3 million. Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge enables the provision of higher education in Irish, as well as research into the promotion and preservation of the language …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 20 December]

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Controversy over University of Ulster’s plans to erect Irish language signs on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2018 by steve

“A move by University of Ulster to erect Irish language signs across campus has been labelled as a ‘political stunt’ by the Ulster Young Unionists. A University of Ulster Students’ Union (UUSU) council meeting was held in mid-November where a new bilingual signage policy was agreed. This would see Irish language signs replacing existing signage over time across the university’s four campuses in Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown and Derry …” (more)

[Catherine Gallagher, The College View, 12 December]

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USI protests absence of Gaeltacht Grants at Third Level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“On Thursday, 13th December the Union of Students in Ireland amongst their member organisations and Conradh na Gaeilge will protest the absence of any Gaeltacht Grants at Third Level for student teachers. Students will meet outside Leinster House at 1pm …” (more)

[USI, 11 December]

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Leading academics appointed to oversee major Galway language plan

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Galway City Council has appointed two leading academics to oversee the preparation of a seven-year language plan to increase the use of Irish in Galway City. Dr John Walsh, Roinn na Gaeilge and Dr Dorothy Ní Uigín, Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, NUI Galway, will lead a six-strong team of experts in language planning to prepare the plan which will run from 2019-2026 …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 26 November]

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Irish signs for UU student unions comes under fire

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

“Plans to include the Irish language on all students’ union signage at one of Northern Ireland’s two universities is designed to make unionists feel uncomfortable in their own surroundings, it has been claimed …” (more)

[Lauren Harte, Belfast Telegraph, 22 November]

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Ulster University to introduce Irish language signs at Students’ Union

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2018 by steve

“The proposal was given the go-ahead at a meeting of Ulster University’s Students’ Council on Tuesday. The Ulster University has four campuses, one in Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown and Londonderry. Each location has their own students’ union …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 21 November]

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Analysis: Compulsory Irish review shines light on ‘sacred cow’ of education

Posted in Teaching on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Last year more than 1,000 pupils from abroad were able to secure exemptions from studying Irish in the run-up to the Leaving Cert. Significantly, the proportion of students availing of this opt-out peaked dramatically in fifth year, when the Leaving Cert curriculum begins …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 October]

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Irish may become compulsory for students from abroad

Posted in Teaching on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Pupils from abroad may be obliged to study Irish in school under new measures being considered by Department of Education officials. At present, there are opt-outs available for studying Irish for pupils who have been abroad for a period of time or for students who say they have no understanding of English …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 October]

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NUIG reserves accommodation for Irish speaking students

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish language speakers are to be allocated reserved places in student residences at NUI Galway as part of a scheme to boost the language at the university. The scheme includes Irish language student residences, which are described as ‘designated accommodation with reserved places for Irish-speaking students’ …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 6 September]

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UCC opens new hi-tech learning centre in Ballyferriter

Posted in Teaching on June 13th, 2018 by steve

“University College Cork is launching a new hi-tech learning centre in Ballyferriter. This September UCC students of Irish and History will spend a full semester in the Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht as part of their degree course …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 13 June]

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Queen’s University apologise after Irish language sign criticism

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2018 by steve

“The Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University has apologised following a row over Irish language signs being placed around the university campus. In a statement, Professor James C McElnay said he ‘would like to apologise unreservedly for any offence caused’ …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 14 March]

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DCU targets global diaspora with free Irish language course online

Posted in Teaching on January 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin university is targeting the global diaspora and new immigrants with its first online-only course which focuses on learning the Irish language. The ‘Irish 101’ course, developed by DCU, will teach students greetings, blessings and curses in Irish, along with the meaning of Irish names, mythology and other topics …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Dáil votes to accept bill requiring future NUIG presidents to be fluent in Irish

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Dáil has voted to accept a bill which requires all future presidents of NUI Galway to be fluent in Irish. The bill was introduced by Galway West Deputy Eamon O’Cuiv to guarantee all future presidents are capable of doing business in both Irish and English …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 8 December]

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