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Free Irish lessons offered to Donegal families for taking in students

first_imgFamilies in Co Donegal are being offered FREE Irish language lessons if they take in students for a local Irish college.Organisers of the Teelin Gaeltacht College in the south-west of the county have been inundated with students looking to learn the language.Coláiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne has been welcoming Irish language learners for over 60 years with the support of the local community and families. Over 200 teenagers attend the 2019 courses, resulting in the college’s best since the early 2000s.But now organisers are fearful they won’t have enough host families to house the students next summer.“We are seeking new families to help us continue the College and strengthen our community of local families and Mná Tí, says Dr. Pádraig Ó Tiarnáigh, Chairperson of Coláiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne.“We could not keep our doors open without the families that support the college at present and we need to bring new families on board this winter to ensure that we can deliver courses in summer 2020 and beyond,” he added. “The support we’ve received from Béal an Phobail, the south Donegal Irish language planning initiative backed by Údarás na Gaeltachta will allow us to run a strong campaign.”As well as free Irish lessons, a €2,000 start-up grant is available from Roinn na Gaeltachta to ensure homes are ‘student-friendly’ and meet relevant safety requirements.Coláiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne is offering an additional €1,000 start-up grant to help cover additional costs that may arise.The Teelin College is offering Irish language support for interested families that may be lacking confidence with their spoken Irish.Expressions of Interest are being sought from homeowners in Teelin and the surrounding areas. An information session will take place in the Irish College Teelin, 7pm, Friday, 27 September. Members from the college management committee along with a representative from the Department of the Gaeltacht and a current member of the Bean an Tí team will give a short presentation on the night and will answer any queries or questions.Further information is available on the Coláiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne Facebook Page or by emailing [email protected]: Coláiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne is an Irish language summer college located in Teelin, South west Donegal, along the Wild Atlantic Way. The College was founded in 1955, and it celebrated 60 years established last summer. The college runs three summer courses each year for young people in the Donegal Gaeltacht.Free Irish lessons offered to Donegal families for taking in students was last modified: September 17th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:grantsirishlanguagelessonsstudentsteelinlast_img read more

Fortuna High head football coach Mike Benbow nominated for national award

first_imgAs much as Mike Benbow enjoys celebrating victories on the football field, he takes pleasure out of watching his players succeed in life just that much more. He wants to build good players into even better people and have them cherish the chance to play in front of the Fortuna community.Turns out, it’s being noticed by plenty of folks.It was announced Tuesday that Benbow has been included in the top 50 nominees for U.S. Cellular’s Most Valuable Coach program, with voting officially underway …last_img

Dustin Poirier bloodies Max Holloway, wins unanimous decision for interim lightweight title

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Holloway had Poirier in trouble in the third round but couldn’t overcome Poirier’s relentless barrage of punches.Holloway was bleeding heavily by the fourth round. There was so much blood on his face in the fifth and final round that it appeared he had difficulty seeing at times as he wiped his eyes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsEach judge scored the fight 49-46 for Poirier (17-4).“This feels great,” Poirier said. “I feel like I’m in a dream right now.” Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES View comments Gastelum was obviously groggy after being floored for the second time, and he quickly went down again. Just when it appeared the fight might be stopped, Gastelum was saved by the final bell.Adesanya landed 135 strikes, almost twice Gastelum’s total of 68.“I was ready for a five-round war, but it is not what I expected,” Adesanya said. “… I will say Kelvin did well to land the jab. That was unexpected and I was surprised to let him get that jab.”Poirier’s possible reward for his win is a chance to face undefeated Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov.The retirement of Conor McGregor, who was the sport’s most popular fighter, leaves a void in UFC. McGregor held featherweight and lightweight titles but hasn’t won a fight since November 2016.Nurmagomedov said this month he would like to fight again in September, two months after the end of his Nevada State Athletic Commission ban for his team’s brawl with McGregor’s team following their fight in October.“Right now I’m the champ,” Poirier said, adding he hoped Nurmagomedov could return for a unifying fight that would remove the interim tag on his title.“We’ve got a belt to fight for,” Poirier said.Poirier’s hope was shared by UFC President Dana White. When asked about a possible unification bout following Poirier’s win, White said “Yes, that’s the fight.”For now, the interim title is worth celebrating for Poirier. Fans chanted for Holloway at times, but Poirier also had his share of fans. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NU Lady Bulldogs eliminate UP Lady Maroons from Final Four race Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Holloway (20-4) had his streak of 17 consecutive wins end. He hasn’t ruled out a return to the featherweight class.“I’m not going to take nothing from Dustin,” Holloway said in the octagon, looking at Poirier. “You beat a world champ and you’re a world champ.”In the other headline fight of UFC 236, Israel Adesanya earned the interim middleweight title with his domination of Kelvin Gastelum in the fifth round.Adesanya (17-0) wore the gold championship belt immediately after the unanimous decision was announced.Gastelum (15-4) appeared to have Adesanya in trouble at times. Adesanya’s corner treated a cut under his right eye after the fourth round, but the rising star from New Zealand had a decisive finish in the fifth, when Gastelum was bloodied for the first time and knocked down three times.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “It’s cool to prove it in front of all these people, but I had to prove it to myself,” Poirier said. “This means everything to me.”The near-capacity crowd at State Farm Arena included Shaquille O’Neal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Max Holloway, right, punches Dustin Poirier during an interim lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 236 in Atlanta, early Sunday, April 14, 2019. (Michael Zarrilli/Associated Press)ATLANTA—Dustin Poirier bloodied Max Holloway and won a unanimous decision for the UFC interim lightweight title on Saturday night, denying Holloway his chance to become only the fourth fighter to hold two belts at the same time.Holloway, the UFC featherweight champion, moved up to the 155-pound class for the first time, attempting to gain the second belt. He also was trying to avenge his loss to Poirier in his first UFC fight in 2012.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more