NEW IRISH LANGUAGE CENTRE TO OPEN IN EAST BELFAST

The Skainos Centre built by the East Belfast Mission

The Skainos Centre built by the East Belfast Mission

A new Irish language centre is to open in east Belfast later today.

The Turas centre will be based in the Skainos building on the Newtownards Road.

It will be opened by local man Sam Evans who was a founder member of the Progressive Unionist Party (PUP).

Development officer Linda Ervine said the expansion followed a growing interest in the Irish language

“We started a regular class two years ago which was meant to last for 15 weeks,” she said.

“At present, there are eight weekly classes held in the Skainos centre.

“We had to expand to cope with the increasing numbers. Now, around 90% of our learners are Protestants.

“People contact me on a weekly, even daily basis. All we have done is to open the door.”

 

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