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€3.5m centre will help Killarney students boost their Irish skills

Minister Jimmy Deenihan at the opening with Siobhan and Frank Lewis and Mary O'Shea from Killarney. Picture: Don MacMonagle
Minister Jimmy Deenihan at the opening with Siobhan and Frank Lewis and Mary O’Shea from Killarney.
Picture: Don MacMonagle

KILLARNEY students hoping to improve their command of the Irish language will benefit from a new €3.5 million language and enterprise development centre in Baile an Fheirtéaraigh.

2,500 students will attend courses worth €7 million to the local economy in west Kerry, Minister of State for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan, was told when he performed the official opening.

The new centre will provide a range of Irish language based activities and courses as well as a number of enterprise units for use by the local community.

The development also includes an Irish language family support centre, preschool services and a public playground as well as enterprise units owned by Údarás na Gaeltachta which are available for lease to new businesses.

The development cost of €3.5 million was co-funded by Údarás na Gaeltachta, the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht and Comharchumann Forbartha Chorca Dhuibhne.

Údarás na Gaeltachta chief, Steve Ó Cúlain, said the facility will act as the supportive backbone to reinforce Irish as a community language in the area and offer a language haven for native speakers and learners for years to come.