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MA sa Ghaeilge Fheidhmeach

The MA sa Ghaeilge Fheidhmeach which is a two year, part-time taught Masters programme offered by the School of Languages in DIT is now accepting applications for the next programme which will begin in February 2011 The programme was developed in 2008 as a direct response to a HEA call for an increase in the supply of graduates with specific Irish language skills.

New employment opportunities have emerged in Ireland and in Europe in recent years for graduates who have high level language skills in Irish, especially since the passing into law of the Official Languages Act 2003 and the recognition of Irish as an official working language of the European Union.

The School of Languages, DIT was successful in its bid to obtain full, ring fenced funding for the programme from the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (administered by the HEA).

The programme is offered by DIT in conjunction with Gaelchultúr Teo.

The MA sa Ghaeilge Fheidhmeach / MA in Applied Irish has been very successful in attracting high calibre students with an interest in developing their knowledge of advanced and specialised topics in Applied Irish. The first cohort of students from this innovative and exciting programme were awarded top grades.

Their achievement encapsulates the aims of the programme in responding to the identified need for an increased number of graduates with specific Irish language skills. The MA sa Ghaeilge Fheidhmeach accreditation will enable graduates to progress their careers and to flourish within the diversity of creative and professional Irish language, bilingual and multilingual environments in the public and private sectors both at home and abroad.

This milestone in the MA sa Ghaeilge Fheidhmeach / MA in Applied Irish is part of the overall development of the Irish language across the Institute. Irish language modules are at present available on 19 part-time and full-time undergraduate and postgraduate programmes with well over 200 students studying the Irish language in DIT. 

The Institute is currently agreeing its first Scheme under the Official Languages Act to enhance service provision through the medium of Irish and an Irish Language Student Residency Scheme as well as classes, scholarships and supports are offered by Oifig na Gaeilge, DIT’s Irish language office to students and staff.  

The closing date for applications for the MA sa Ghaeilge Fheidhmeach is September 22nd 2010 and all information on the programme is available at  

Topmarks for the first class to graduate under the progamme earlier this year.
From left:  Éamonn Ó Dónaill (Gaelchultúr), Reuben Ó Conluain, Máire Nic Fhinn, Rósmáire McGill, Íte Ní Chionnaith, an tUachtarán Brian Norton, Anna Bale, Antoine Ó Coileáin, Dr Siobhán Ní Laoire (Cathaoirleach), Siobhán McCarthy,  Deirdre Ní Néill, Ray Mac Mánais, Robert Quinn, Colm Mac Séalaigh.


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