Fiontraíthe le Gaeilge

Fiontraithe le Gaeilge


Poiblíocht / PR

13 Iúil 2006 1pm, Déardaoin

Press Release

Cross-border Irish Language Entrepreneur programme, 'Fiontraithe le Gaeilge'

The Minister for Rural, Community and Gaeltacht affairs, Éamon Ó Cuív will launch an innovative entrepreneurial skills programme in Foras Cultúir Uladh, Gleann Cholm Cille, on Friday, 14th July at 12pm. The project is part-financed by the European Union through the Interreg IIIA Programme with the amount of €472,286 and managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by the ICBAN Partnership.

The two-year programme, with matching funds from Údarás na Gaeltachta, has recruited thirty participants from community and private businesses in the Gaeltacht and in the Interreg region.

Entrepreneurial endeavours are flourishing in Ireland due to the increased vigour of the economy and it is accepted that this growth is an integral part of ensuring long-term sustainability in employment.

Entrepreneurship is of particular relevance to the future of the Irish language. The growth in Irish-medium education and the increased investment in the Gaeltacht demands that employment opportunities are available in the Irish language. There are, in recent years, increased opportunities in the Irish language sector, here and at EU level - in media, technology, interpretation & translation, tourism and education.

Entrepreneurs are ever keen to increase their knowledge base. This new program 'Fiontraithe le Gaeilge' is directed at individuals who are leaders in either social or private business activity. The program's mission is to ensure that the best support and mentoring is available to the participants. Upskilling opportunities will be provided in communications, financial and business planning, management challenges, marketing skills, innovation in technology and management with professional mentoring. Accreditation is available through the Líonra initiative by the Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

A number of participants will, at the end of the program, participate in a special programme at a leading international school of entrepreneurship.

'Fiontraithe le Gaeilge' is managed by Oideas Gael, Gleann Cholm Cille in partnership with Forbairt Feirste, Béal Feirste.

Further information: Eunan Mac Cuinneagáin, WestBic. 074 97 38333

Oideas Gael, Gleann Cholm Cille, Co Dhún na nGall. Fón: 074 9730248 Oifig.
Forbairt Feirste, Béal Feirste, BT 12 6FB Fón: 028 90438597 Jake

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Oideas Gael Interreg 3A Irish Central Border Area Interreg IIIA Partnership (ICBAN) Údarás na Gaeltachta Forbairt Feirste