Léann na Gaeilge in Aberystwyth

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Bhronn Rialtas na hÉireann dámhachtain ar Roinn na Breatnasie agus an Léinn Cheiltigh le déanaí chun tacú le teagasc na Gaeilge san Ollscoil. Cuirfear deontas de 93,000EUR ar fáil d’Ollscoil Aberystwyth as seo go ceann trí bliana chun cur le teagasc na Nua-Ghaeilge san Ollscoil. Anuas ar theagasc na Gaeilge in Ollscoil Abersytwyth féin, úsáidfear an dámhachtain chun roinnt scoláireachtaí teanga a chur ar fáil a chuireas ar chumas na mac léinn freastal ar chúrsaí Gaeltachta sa samhradh.

Cuid lárnach d’obair Roinn na Breatnasie agus an Léinn Cheiltigh is ea Léann na Gaeilge. Is í Aberystwyth an t-aon ollscoil sa Bhreatain inar féidir staidéar a dhéanamh ar an nGaeilge mar ábhar céime. Cuid lárnach den chéim sa Léann Ceitleach í an Ghaeilge agus bíonn tóir uirthi mar ábhar roghnach ag mic léinn na Breatnasie agus mic léinn eile nach iad chomh maith. Is fada siar a théann traidisiúin Léann na Gaeilge in Aberystwyth agus is buanaí agus is lárnaí anseo í ná áit ar bith eile sa Bhreatain. Is iomaí leabhar taighde atá foilsithe ag foireann na Roinne in imeacht na mblianta ach is dócha gurb é Traidisiúin Liteartha na nGael le J. E. Caerwyn Williams an ceann is mó díol, leabhar a foilsíodh sa Bhreaatnais, sa Bhéarla agus sa Ghaeilge. Príomhthéacsleabhar ar litríocht na Gaeilge is ea Traidisiúin Liteartha na nGael in ollscoileanna na hÉireann go fóill. Bhí Williams ina Ollamh le Gaeilge in Aberystwyth ó 1965 go dtí 1979. Le blianta beaga anuas, tá caidreamh á chothú idir an Roinn agus grúpaí teanga ar fud na Breataine Bige agus i Sasana. Tugann baill na Roinne lámh cúnta do ghrúpaí éagsúla foghlaimeoirí atá lonnaithe i Manchain, i Londain agus i mórcheantar Birmingham.

Is é a dúirt, Peadar Ó Muircheartaigh, Léachtóir leis an Léann Ceilteach, agus an dámhachtain seo á fógairt: ‘Aitheantas atá sa sa dámhachtain seo ar an ardphróifíl atá cothaithe agus ar an dianobair atá déanta ag comhleacaithe anseo in Aberystwyth in imeacht na mblianta maidir le léann agus teagasc na Gaeilge. Is í an cháil seo, agus stádas Abersytwyth mar cheantar ina bhfuil an Bhreatnais á labhairt go láidir, a fhágann Aberystwyth ar cheann de na roghanna is fearr le mic léinn an Léinn Cheiltigh’.

Is é a dúirt Cathryn Charnell-White, Ceann Roinn na Breatnaise agus an Léinn Cheiltigh ‘Tá áthas ar leith orainn go mbeidh ar ár gcumas scoláireacht ainmnithe a chur ar bun, rud a bheir seans do mhic léinn dul i dtaithí ar an nGaeilge sa Ghaeltacht, agus an taithí sin a thabhairt abhaile leo chuig Abersytwyth’.

Cuirfear tuilledh sonraí i dtaobh na scoláireachtaí ar fáil in am trátha.

Meeting Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland

Three members of staff and three students from the Welsh Department’s Celtic Studies programme recently represented Aberystwyth University at a reception held in the Cardiff Millennium Centre for Michael D. Higgins, the good-natured, eloquent and immensely popular President (since October 2010) of the Irish Republic who was visiting Wales to promote the development of a Wales-Ireland sector for facing a shared range of economic, political cultural and environmental challenges.

President Higgins is well known as a poet and supporter of the arts. As Minister for Arts, Culture (now ‘Heritage’) and the Gaeltacht in 1993–97 he was largely responsible for re-establishing the Irish Film Board and creating the nation’s Irish language television service (TG4). In April 2014 his was the first official visit ever made by an Irish Head of State to the United Kingdom, to Parliament and to Windsor Castle.

Dr Ian Hughes, Dr Simon Rodway, and Dr William Mahon, along with postgrads James McCann (MA) and Hynek Janousek and Erasmus student Sarah O’Neill (National University of Ireland, Galway) made the minibus trip to Cardiff on Tuesday, 28 October. The reception was held from 12.30 – 2.30 and featured an inspiring speech by the President which included specific reference to the Irish-language tuition available at Aberystwyth University and the financial support it receives from the Irish government. Each of the Aberystwyth representatives also had an opportunity to exchange private words with President Higgins.

An additional highlight for the Aberystwyth visitors was a chance meeting with the Welsh literary giant and Gaelophile Dr Harri Pritchard Jones who shared memories of his days spent in the Aran Islands and spoke to them in excellent Irish.

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Dr Ian Hughes, Sarah O’Neill, Dr William Mahon, Dr Harri Pritchard Jones, Dr Simon Rodway, James McCann, Hynek Janousek

The invitation to members of Aberystwyth University came from the Irish Embassy in London at the suggestion of Séamus Mac Giolla Chomhaill, Principal Officer for Irish Language policy and economic, social and cultural development of the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking regions) within the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Mr Mac Giolla Chomhaill had paid a visit to the Aberystwyth Welsh Department last May and was highly impressed by the linguistic competence and expertise of the Celtic-Studies teaching staff.

Dr William Mahon, Darlithydd Astudiaethau Celtaidd