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Inishowen pupils win Gaeltacht scholarships 27.05.15

A NUMBER of Inishowen pupils are among 34 recipients from across Donegal to receive full scholarships to go to the Gaeltacht this summer. The students received their awards as part of Donegal County Council's annual Gaeltacht Scholarship Scheme. The scheme is worth about €25,000 this year.
The scholarships were presented by Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr John Campbell, and Cathaoirleach of the council’s Coiste na Gaeilge, Cllr Mick Quinn on Monday in Lifford.
Jake McDaid (11) from Sappagh in Muff said he was delighted to get the opportunity to attend Coláiste Ghael Linn in Bun an Inbhir in Gaoth Dobhair with his scholarship.
Donegal students receiving their full scholarships to attend the Gaeltacht in their home county this summer.
Other Inishowen recipients who were lucky to have their names drawn from the hat included Donna McConnellogue, Sappagh, Muff; Kathlyn McFeeley, Iskaheen, Muff; Niamh O'Hagan, Sappagh, Muff; Amy Dilleyston, Newtown and Amelia Yeoman, Buncrana.
Cllr Campbell referred to the importance of the Irish language in Donegal, his own experiences with the language as a learner, and he wished the young people all the best during their time in the rich linguistic community of the Gaeltacht.
Cllr Mick Quinn thanked the various colleges who are supporting the annual scheme by providing 17 matching scholarships for the 17 provided by Donegal County Council. The colleges include Coláiste Bhríde in Rann na Feirste, Coláiste Árainn Mhór on Arranmore Island, Coláiste Chill Chartha in Kilcar, Coláiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne in Teelin, Coláiste Chú Chulainn in Gaoth Dobhair, Coláiste Ghael Linn in Gaoth Dobhair, Coláiste na Rosann in Annagry and Coláiste an Phiarsaigh in Dunlewey.
"The Council received a total of 465 applications this year and we are presenting 34 full scholarships to the lucky pupils whose names were drawn out in an open and fair draw in which everyone had the same chance," said Cllr Quinn.
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