Under our annual Gaeltacht Scholarship programme, this year we sponsored two sixth-year students from Mount Carmel Secondary School in Dublin’s north inner city to attend Coláiste Uisce, Eachleim, Belmullet in August,

“They both had an excellent time and have recommended Mayo to anyone who will listen! The trip really has made such a difference, both to their education and personal development and it is something that neither we nor the students could afford without Mayo Association Dublin’s generous scholarship. Again, many thanks from all here at Mount Carmel,” noted Eoghain O’Brien, Mount Carmel’s Irish teacher (who hails from Mayo).

Aisling Incze and Diana Mare (pictured above with school principal Gerard Cullen, who presented the sixth-year students with their Gaeltacht sponsorships) give some feedback on their two-week stay in Belmullet – ‘as Bearla’ and ‘as Gaeilge’ of course!

Aisling Incze: “I thought it was excellent! It was wonderful to meet with so many new people. I particularly loved the sailing and I greatly improved my Irish. It was a fantastic experience overall and I would love to return to the Gaeltacht again. I had great craic and it was very worthwhile!

“Cheap mé go raibh sé go hiontach. Bhi sé ar fheabhas agus bhuail mé le mórán daoine nua. B’aoibhinn liom a bheith ag seoltóireacht agus chuir mé feabhas ar mo chuid Gaeilge. Ba thaithí iontach í.Ba bhreá liom filleadh ar an  nGaeltacht arís mar bhí an-chraic agam agus bhí sé tairbheach!”

Diana Mare: “I really enjoyed my time in the Gaeltacht in Mayo. I would like to thank you for the wonderful opportunity. It was a great experience to learn Irish and to make new friends. The teachers, in particular, helped me greatly and my Irish has really improved, after just the first week. I would definitely recommend the college to anyone wanting to improve their Irish and experience the gaelic culture.”

“Bhain mé an-taitneamh agus tairbhe as an nGaeltacht. Ba mhaith liom buíochas a ghabháil as an deis iontach seo. Ba thaithí iontach í, ní amháin ó thaobh na teanga de ach rinne mé a lán cairde nua. Chabhraigh an taithí seo agus na múinteoirí, ach go háirithe, go mór liom agus tháinig feabhas ollmhór ar mo chuid Gaeilge tar éis seachtain amháin fiú! Mholfainn an coláiste seo d’éinne atá ag iarradh a gcuid Gaeilge a neartú agus cultúr Gaelach a bhlaiseadh.”