Minister of State for Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the Islands hears about research plus the place of the Irish language at WIT present and future
Dr Séamus Dillon of WIT’s Department of Languages, Tourism and Hospitality (School of Humanities) has undertaken a project to collect the memories, stories and other accounts of spoken Irish in America. The results of this project will add to our understanding of the history of spoken Irish in America.
Visit of Minister Kyne TD
Dr Dillon recently presented an account of his research to date to Minister Seán Kyne TD (Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the Islands). Minister Kyne welcomed the development of this project. “This is a very worthwhile project and one that will further our understanding of, and our work with, the Irish diaspora,” added the Minister. Dr Richard Hayes, Vice President for Strategy and Institutional Transformation, welcomed the visit of Minister Kyne to WIT and gave him a detailed account of the place of the Irish language in the recently published WIT Strategic Plan (2018-2021). “Our Strategic Plan emphasises the importance of the Irish language to the Institute and makes special provision for it and in that process strongly supports Co Waterford’s Gaeltacht na nDéise” commented Dr Hayes.
Irish Language Studies at WIT
The central position of Irish language studies in the School of Humanities was highlighted by the Dean of Humanities, Dr Suzanne Denieffe and Mr Ray Cullen (Head of Languages, Tourism and Hospitality). “Irish language studies continue to grow here in the School. We are keen to develop and grow our delivery of Irish language programmes and modules not just in our own School but across the Institute” commented Dr Denieffe.
Minister’s support for the project
Dr Dillon and Minister Kyne’s department will continue to look at how best to develop, promote and progress this important Irish language research. “I look forward to continuing with my research on the history of Irish as a spoken language in America with the added status that support from the Minister and his Department affords the project”, added Dr Dillon. A brief account of the project is given at https://gaeilgestoriesamerica.com/ and regular updates are given on Twitter at @gaeilgeUSAstory.