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New generation of Irish speakers in Tyrone

ALMOST 300 schoolchildren in mid and south Tyrone have taken part in a groundbreaking Irish Language pilot scheme aimed at helping them to become more confident in the use of the language.

The 10 primary schools which took place were Drumduff PS; Roscavey PS; St Lawrence’s PS, Fintona; St Oliver Plunkett PS, Beragh; St Macartan’s PS, Clogher; St Malachy’s PS, Glencull, St Mary’s PS Ballygawley; St Mary’s PS, Cabragh; St Patrick’s PS, Aughadarragh and St Patrick’s PS, Eskra.

Tyrone GAA Chairman, Michael Kerr, presented the students with language pins and certificates in recognition of their achievement.

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“The promotion and development of the Irish language is an integral part of Tír Eoghain GAA’s ethos,” he said.

“The fact that 300 Tír Eoghain primary school children embraced wholeheartedly this pilot scheme is indicative of the value that our schools are placing on the promotion of our indigenous language.

“Today was a wonderful, and quite unique, celebration of what is possible and we look forward to building on today’s success.”

There are also plans to ensure that all pupils in primary schools will be able to avail of the 10-week programme, and additional lessons and materials are being made available on the Tyronegaa.ie website.

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