Díreoidh an Teastas i Múineadh na Gaeilge ar an aosoideachas agus ar fhoghlaimeoirí fásta

Posted in Teaching on March 28th, 2020 by steve

“Cuirfear tús le cúrsa nua i múineadh na Gaeilge ar líne in Ollscoil Mhá Nuad an bhliain acadúil seo chugainn. Díreoidh Teastas i Múineadh na Gaeilge ar an aosoideachas agus conas teagasc a chur ar fhoghlaimeoirí fásta …” (níos mó)

[Malachi Ó Marcaigh, University Times, 28 March]

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Study into impact of bonus for Irish on CAO points questions fairness

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An unpublished study on the impact of bonus points for students who answer the Leaving Cert through Irish has questioned the fairness of the measure. Under rules that date back to the mid-1920s, any student who answers a written exam in Irish may receive bonus marks of up to 10%, depending on the subject …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 February]

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An Ghaeilge le feiceáil i UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Tá stádas oifigiúil ag an nGaeilge san Aontas Eorpach agus is í céad teanga oifigiúil na hÉireann. Tá sé riachtanach ó thaobh an dlí de go mbíonn comharthaí as Gaeilge nó dátheangach (le Gaeilge agus Béarla) ann ar bhóithre na hÉireann agus leagadh amach na riachtanais maidir leis an nGaeilge a bheith feiceálach sa tsochaí ag Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla 2003 …” (more)

[Cecily Nic Cionnaith, College Tribune, 30 January]

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Minister receives petition over Irish language education policy

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

Ireland“A petition of 12,000 signatures calling for an integrated education policy for the Irish language was presented by campaigners to the Minister for Education Joe McHugh in Dublin on Thursday. The #Gaeilge4All campaign is seeking a comprehensive strategy spanning all stages of the education cycle from pre-school to third-level …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 12 December]

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USI vote to support bilingual signage on campuses in Northern Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2019 by steve

“The National Council of the Union of Students Ireland (USI) have voted to support bilingual signage for Colleges in Northern Ireland, among several other motions discussed at a meeting held in Trinity. The union’s National Council have also taken the decision to support free period products and and voted to establish a partnership between the USI and a Crisis Text Line, as well as authorising the union to begin work on gathering data on students’ sexual experiences …” (more)

[Jessica Hobbs Pifer, Trinity News, 16 November]

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Students protest closure of NUI Galway’s Caifé na Gaeilge

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway’s Students’ Union has officially confirmed the closure of Caifé na Gaeilge, located in Áras na Gaeilge. The Students’ Union released a statement, stating that the Caifé was closed, having been ‘operating on a loss since 2008’ …” (more)

[Conor Brummell, Irish Times, 26 October]

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San Oideachas, Ní Féidir Luach a Bhunú ar Deiseanna Fostaíochta

Posted in Life, Teaching on October 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Agus mé níos mó ná leathbhealach tríd mo chúrsa fochéime, éiríonn an cheist faoin bplean atá agam i ndiaidh an choláiste níos práinní gach lá. Táim cráite ag na comhráite a bhíonn agam faoin todhchaí atá romham ar bhonn rialta. Comhráite ainniseacha atá iontu – pléitear intéirneachtaí, taithí oibre, cúrsaí iarchéime agus an saol oibre go minic …” (more)

[Malachi Ó Marcaigh, University Times, 4 October]

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Maoiniú do Chursaí Gaeilge de Luach €1.63 Milliún Fógartha ag Sean Kyne

Posted in Teaching on October 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“D’fhógair an tAire Stáit don Ghaeilge, don Ghaeltacht, agus do na hOileáin, Sean Kyne, go gcuirfear maoiniú €1.63 milliún ar fáil do chursaí tríú-leibhéil Gaeilge ar an Luan. Thuairiscigh Tuairisc.ie go dtabharfar tacaíocht do 12 chúrsa Gaeilge i gcoláistí timpeall na tíre …” (more)

[Malachi Ó Marcaigh, University Times, 2 October]

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Irish language courses in higher education receive €1.6 million support

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Nine Irish language courses and institutes of higher education including NUI Galway have been approved €1.63 million in additional funding. The funding was announced this week by Galway West TD and Minister of State for the Irish Language Seán Kyne under the Advanced Irish Language Initiative …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 1 October]

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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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