Seomra na Gaeilge
This is a purpose built common room for the Irish speaking community on campus. We are very proud of this new facility on the University campus. All students and staff are invited to participate in events in An Seomra and are welcome to use the facilities at coffee break and lunch time. The room can also be booked for Irish and bilingual meetings, music sessions etc.
Trips to An Ghaeltacht are organised each year for UL staff and for participants in Aonad na Gaeilge evening courses. Weekend trips for the Teastas/Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge class, for beginners, and for students of academic Irish in the Irish Section, School of Languages, Literature, Culture & Communication are also organised.
Spring 2012 Gaeltacht Trip for UL staff and evening courses
Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry
Includes Corca Dhuibhne Drama Festival, visit to the Blasket Centre & walk with local guide
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Coiste na Gaeilge
Coiste na Gaeilge has specific responsibility for the development of action plans and procedures relating to the Irish language at the University of Limerick. It is the primary forum for discussion of issues relating to the position, status and use of Irish on the University campus. It is the body which advises Stiúrthóir na Gaeilge. It advises on the creation and implementation of Irish language policy and on the allocation of resources in accordance with agreed UL policy and HEA guidelines.The UL Official Languages Act Implementation Group is a sub-committee of Coiste na Gaeilge. Coiste na Gaeilge/Office of Acting Secretary have responsibility for the monitoring of the provisions of the Official Languages Act, 2003 and the UL Language Schemes 2006-2009 and 2009-2012.
OLA (Official Languages Act) Implementation Group
This is a sub-committee of Coiste na Gaeilge that deals with the implementation of bilingualism, the Official Languages Act 2003 and the UL Language Scheme. All UL administrative areas have representatives on the Implementation Group. Aonad na Gaeilge supports the Implementation Group and an effort is made to promote and understanding of language skills, language use and language rights at these meetings. The Implementation Group has drafted Translation Procedures for UL. All UL translation is outsourced to companies outside of the University. Aonad na Gaeilge does not provide translation services.
Presentation of Certificates, Homework club, AccessCampus
Aonad na Gaeilge and Access Campus welcomed the President of the University, Professor Don Barry, to Seomra na Gaeilge on Tuesday 12 April 2011 where he presented certificates to students who have been involved in voluntary work since the beginning of the semester. Twelve students generously shared their time with pupils attending Access Campus's Homework Club in Roxboro in the south of the city in order to provide them with additional learning opportunities.
The students all travelled to Access Campus on a regular basis to assist the pupils with their Irish work. The students themselves all enjoyed and benefitted from the experience and Sancha Power, on behalf of Access Campus, reported that the influence of their assistance was clear to see in the pupils' approach to Irish. Professor Barry commended the students' dedication and commitment to the voluntary work. The programme was a testament, he said, to the manner in which academic endeavours at the University can be enhanced by participation in such activities and that employers recognise that students participating in such programmes tend to experience a more holistic learning experience.
In addition to the certificates presented on the night the students may also apply for the President's Volunteer Awards (www.ulpva.ie) if they wish. This allows for their efforts to be officially recognised by the University on their Student Transcripts.
This was the first year of the programme, but it is hoped that next year the students will be welcomed into an improved, expanded programme. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org