Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A few news items for January 2013

Is it more sad that I post these so infrequently, or that I keep trying instead of just giving up?

Celtic Connections 2013 marks 40 years of centre for Gaelic culture Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
17 Eanáir 2013

This year’s 20th Celtic Connections is a double celebration, marking the 40th year of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the renowned centre for Gaelic culture that began as a simple farm steading.

Forty years ago, in what seemed to many at the time to be an act of madness, the merchant banker, entrepreneur and Gaelic enthusiast Sir Iain Noble established an embryonic Gaelic college in a converted 19th-century farm steading – the “Great Steading of Ostaig” – which he had bought from former MacDonald estates on the Sleat peninsula in south-west Skye.

Today Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the striking contemporary architecture of its campus overlooking the Sound of Sleat, has become not just a college, but a nationally and internationally respected centre for Gaelic culture, catering – directly, or through distance learning – for more than 1,100 students.

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Labelling medicine in Irish ‘could cost jobs’
21 Eanáir 2013

The compulsory labelling of medicines in both English and Irish would add up to 10pc to the cost for patients and lead to the withdrawal of some products, according to a new report.

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An Foclóir Nua Béarla-Gaeilge
22 Eanáir 2013

Seolfaidh an tUachtarán Mícheál D. Ó hUigínn An Foclóir Nua Béarla Gaeilge ar an Déardaoin beag seo, 24 Eanáir 2013.

Tá fáil saor in aisce ar an bhfoclóir nua, ina bhfuil 7,000 ceannfhocal, 40,000 frása samplach, mar aon le comhaid fuaime agus treoracha cuimsitheacha gramadaí, ó .

Cuireadh tús leis an togra, ag a bhfuil buiséad iomlán de €6.088m, sa bhliain 2000 agus tá foireann 70 duine ag forbairt an fhoclóra nua ó shin.


Gaeltachts losing out due to poor broadband
22 Eanáir 2013

Companies are paying exorbitant premiums to base their businesses in Gaeltacht areas.

But despite forking out, in some cases, tens of thousands of euro on telecommunications, high- speed broadband access remains a challenge in many areas. The broadband problem is inhibiting efforts to attract employers to Gaeltacht regions. The claim was made by Anna Ní Ghallachoir, the chairperson of the state development agency, Údarás na Gaeltachta.

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Gaeltacht firms lost more jobs than created in 2012
23 Eanáir 2013

Companies based in the Gaeltacht lost more jobs than they created in the last year, amid warnings that the lack of infrastructure in Irish-speaking areas was holding back investment.

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