Irish in ATU
ATU is committed to the promotion and development of the Irish language on campus. We also aim to increase the range and standard of services available in Irish to members of the public.
*Note: the details below relate to Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). GMIT merged with LYIT and IT Sligo on 1st April, 2022 to form Atlantic Technological University (ATU). Please refer to www.atu.ie for further details.
GMIT Irish Language Scheme 2019-2022
GMIT’s commitments to the Irish language are outlined in the GMIT Irish Language Scheme 2019-2022. This Scheme sets out a range of areas in which the Institute has committed to improving bilingual services in the years ahead. This Scheme was approved by GMIT’s Executive Board on 18th September 2018 and approved by the GMIT Governing Body on 27th September 2018.
This Scheme was prepared under section 11 of the Official Languages Act 2003. The Official Languages Act 2003 was signed into law on 14 July 2003 and its primary aim is to ensure better availability and a higher standard of public services through Irish.
An Coiste Gaeilge
ATU has an active Coiste Gaeilge comprising of staff and students. The Coiste oversees the promotion of the Irish language in ATU and is currently developing innovative ideas to increase the use of Irish on each campus. Coiste membership is detailed below:
Ivan McPhillips - Campas na Gaillimhe (Cathaoirleach)
Eimear Ó Tuathaigh - Campas na Gaillimhe (Runaí)
Michael Carmody - Campas na Gaillimhe
Regina Daly - Campas na Gaillimhe
Deirdre Fahy - Campas na Gaillimhe
Joe Farrell - Campas na Gaillimhe
Pat Folan - Campas na Gaillimhe
Michael Gill - Campas Mhaigh Eo
Edel Hegarty - Campas na Gaillimhe
Amy Kelly - Aontas na Neach Léinn
Elizabeth Lynch - Campas Mhaigh Eo
Seán Lysaght - Campas Mhaigh Eo
Diarmuid Ó Conghaile - Campas na Gaillimhe
Mary O'Donnell - Campas na Gaillimhe
Susan Rogers - Campas Leitir Fraic
Karen Smyth - Campas na Gaillimhe
Irish Courses in ATU
ATU offers an Ard Dioplóma/MSc i nGaeilge Fheidhmeach agus Aistriúchán in conjunction with Europus and Údarás na Gaeltachta.
Irish is offered as an elective subject up to degree level on various academic programmes in ATU.
A number of ATU lecturers have helped develop an award-winning online language learning course which is available in many languages including Irish. The free online programme caters specifically for workers and trainees in the hospitality and tourism industry (see www.eurocatering.org).
Language teaching staff (Irish, French, German & Spanish) host an ATU Languages Day each year. This annual event highlights the importance of learning languages other than English.
The use of Irish on campus is promoted by a part-time Irish Language Officer with the Students' Union.
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