HISTORY has been made in Omagh with the conclusion of an Irish language summer school, which gave young students the opportunity to improve their language skills through classes, cultural activities, and the arts.
Organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council (FODC), the three-day event was the first of its kind in the area, and saw more than 20 local secondary school students in attendance.
The scheme, hailed a great success, featured Irish language classes and encouraged participants to refine their skills through cultural activities, and by taking part in musical festivities, art, singing, sean-nós dancing, story-telling and nature walks.
Speaking to the students, FODC chair, Errol Thompson, said, “I am sure you all had a fantastic time
and you are very fortunate that you were able to combine fun with learning.
“The time you have spent engaging in the Irish language and participating in the various cultural activities over the past three days will have increased your knowledge and interest in Irish language and culture, and will undoubtedly be of benefit to you when you return to the more formal and structured study of the language in your schools in September.”
The scheme culminated with a traditional céilí which took place in Strule Arts Centre last Friday, during which Cllr Thompson presented certificates to the students who took part in the scheme.
Meanwhile, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is currently undertaking a public consultation on its Irish language policy and strategy, and it is hoped that such events can be developed and progressed in line with the council’s future strategy for the Irish language.