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Inishowen students awarded Gaeltacht scholarships 31.05.17

A number of Inishowen students were among 30 pupils who received full Gaeltacht summer scholarships last night as part of an annual Donegal County Council scheme.
The scholarships were presented by Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Terence Slowey at Letterkenny Public Services Centre.
The Gaeltacht colleges support the Donegal County Council Gaeltacht Scholarship Scheme with joint funding allocated from each.
The total value of the scholarships can come to more than €20,000 annually depending on the duration of the courses selected by the successful applicants. The scheme has seen more than 600 students attend the Gaeltacht in the last 20 years.
The summer colleges "play a huge role in the economic life of the Gaeltacht, bringing jobs, income, retail customers and greater use of services", a council spokesperson said.
"In return, the pupils get steeped in the rich native language of the Gaeltacht and get a flavour of community and home life in the Gaeltacht.
"In addition to the courses and classes, many of the colleges offer a wide range of social events, activities, sports etc. Most of the courses take place throughout the months of June, July and early August," the spokesperson added. Among the students who received a scholarship last night were Nia Murphy from Buncrana along with Katie Mai Mooney and Finín MacLochlainn from Carndonagh.
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