Tallaght Irish Centre plans on track after funding announcement

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The development of a centre to promote the Irish language in Tallaght Village is a step closer with the announcement of €150,000 in Government funding, according to Dublin South West TD and Independent Minister, Katherine Zappone.

The Minister says Gaelphobal Thamhlachta is receiving the money to develop an Irish Language and Cultural Centre to include a community café, patio, theatre and a bookshop.

Welcoming the announcement Minister Zappone said the centre will be a huge asset for people of all ages who have a passion for the Irish language.

Minister Katherine Zappone added:

“This announcement is welcome recognition that Irish is a living language which is in everyday use in schools, homes and businesses in Tallaght and neighbouring communities.

“The growth in all-Irish schools has shown that the tradition of speaking Irish is going to continue for future generations.

“The new centre will not only provide a space for learning about the language, its origins and culture but it will also provide spaces where people can use it in a social sitting – and perhaps most excitingly will offer an arts and entertainment venue.

“I know that since acquiring a premises in Tallaght Village in 2014 that both Conradh na Gaeilge and Gaelphobal Thamhlachta have been actively campaigning for support.

“The decision by Minister for Gaeltacht Affairs, Seán Kyne TD, to provide the funding is a welcome boost and in line with the National Strategy for the Irish language which states that Centres will be developed in large urban centres.

“I want to take opportunity to wish Gaelphobal Thamhlachta every success with this project.”

Gaelphobal Thamlachta is hoping to revive Cumann Gaelic Thamhlachta, which was very popular in Tallaght during the seventies and eighties, and will also link in with the well-established Áras Chronic cultural centre in Clondalkin.

For further information on the centre, which will be run by volunteers, and other activities, visit the Gaelphobal Thamhlachta Facebook page or www.gaelphobal thamhlachta.com