Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) launched its first Irish Language Scheme on Thursday, March 10.
The scheme describes the services to be developed and improved to better cater for members of the public wishing to do business with the Instititute in Irish.
Murt Ó Séaghdha, a lecturer in the Department of Computing and Mathematics, who recently obtained an MA through Irish from DCU in Bilingual Practice, has been appointed Irish Language Officer (part-time) to direct the implementation of the scheme.
The guest speaker for the occasion was Dearbhla Lennon from Dundalk, a TV broadcaster – she had presented “Four Live” earlier that day – and outstanding dancer in “Lord of the Dance”, “Riverdance the Show”, “Celebrity Jigs ‘N’ Reels”.
Dearbhla spoke in Irish of her love for the language that she learned in Dundalk’s Gaelscoil and Coláiste Rís. She advised everyone to use whatever Irish they had as often as possible.
Dearbhla finished with a short dancing exhibition. Music for the occasion was played by students from DkIT’s Department of Music and Creative Media.