• €50,000 in funding has been allocated for the digitization of a unique archive based in the Gaeltacht area of north Mayo. The private, extensive collection of Pap Murphy and his wife Catherine, of Cartron, Clogher , Belmullet  has received the funding from Minister Michael Ring’s dept of Community and Rural Affairs.

    Pap and Catherine have a museum called “Turas Siar” in Clogher and he has spent his life collecting folklore, placenames, and taling and recording the people of the region.

    Local Fine Gael Councillor Gerry Coyle says Pap’s contribution to the region and to the country is enormous and he believes the digitization of his collection is comparable yet different from the Jackie Clarke collection in Ballina.

  • Funding totaling 2.8m euro has been allocated to two projects in Mayo today under the Rural Regeneration Project.

    Today the Government launched a one billion euro fund for investment in rural towns and villages with a population under 10,000 over the next 10 years.

    24.4m has been allocated from that fund today to 18 projects nationwide and 2 of those are in Co Mayo.

    2.1m has been granted to the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence in Bekan, Claremorris for the construction of an air dome.

    The dome will be able to facilitate GAA and other sporting codes and will cost a total of 3m euro to construct.

    Meanwhile just under 800,000 euro has been allocated for the provision and redevelopment of 8 digital hubs at 6 locations in the Gaeltacht areas in Mayo. The hubs will be located in Belmullet, Geesala, Aughleam, Achill, Tourmakeady and Greanai/Ballina, with 2 facilities each in Belmullet and Achill.

    The application by Udaras na Gaeltachta for the hubs is in an effort to create jobs in the Gaeltacht areas in Mayo.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring told Midwest News today that this funding will make a significant difference in rural areas

  • Galway-based Chief Whip and Minister of State Séan Kyne has today announced a new fund worth €250,000, to provide third-level students with an opportunity to live with Gaeltacht families for three months, while attending a third-level course for an entire semester.

    A subsidy worth €17 per day will be provided, enabling third-level colleges to offer a semester in the Gaeltacht to their students. 

    This amounts to a subsidy worth up to almost €1500 per student and will be payable to families providing accomodation.

    The measure is expected to accomodate up to 175 students who have Irish as a core subject in their University course, or who require a high level of competency in Irish to work in the public service.


  • Post primary schools on the country's islands in the Gaeltacht, are to receive extra funding.

    Education Minister Richard Bruton has announced a package of supports that includes an additional € 15,000 per post-primary school and extra teaching resources

    Coláiste Naomh Eoin, on Inis Meáin, has been granted independent stand-alone status.

    There are five post-primary schools located on islands in the Gaeltacht in Counties Galway and Donegal.

  • The Minister of State with responsibility for Gaeilge, Séan Kyne, was in the Mayo Gaeltacht village of Eachléim today to officially open UISCE's new centre.

    The Irish language college & education centre started out in Elly Bay, Belmullet in 1992, and has now opened a second site in Eachléim.

    Founded by ex-Air Corps Captain Ciarán O' Murchú, UISCE is the only fulltime Adventure Centre run through the medium of Irish, where the language is taught through fun outdoor adventure activities such as sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, orienteering, climbing, archery and team-building games.

    Over 3,500 students attend courses in UISCE each year, and the addition of a second centre allows for an increase of 220 students per year during the Summer course season.

    UISCE currently employs 15 fulltime and 10 part-time staff, as well as 134 seasonal staff and 20 local Bean an Tí's in the north Mayo Gaeltacht.

    Ciaran O Murchu has been telling Midwest News this evening that the Minister confirmed that he be approving a running grant for UISCE of €225,000 over the next three years.