Máire Nic Shiubhlaigh Gaeltacht Scholarship Winners 2019
Twelve students from secondary schools across the county have been awarded Gaeltacht scholarships by Meath County Council.The awards are funded by Meath County Council under the Creative Ireland Meath programme.
The Máire Nic Shiubhlaigh scholarships were presented to students at a special ceremony in Navan library on Thursday 23rd May.The scholarship scheme honours Máire Nic Shiubhlaigh a founder actress of the Abbey Theatre and a leader of Cumann na mBán in Jacob’s Biscuit Factory during the 1916 Rising.Máire was also an employee of Meath County Council where she worked as a branch librarian in Laytown during the 1950’s.
Russian native and author Olga Balaeva, guest speaker at the presentation spoke about the Irish language in a popular and engaging way, combining historical and linguistic facts with a light tone. The Russian linguist living in Ireland, gave an outsider’s perspective on this most national of subjects.
Olga Balaeva is an English language teacher living in Dublin. Born in Moscow in 1989, she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in European Languages and Literature at Moscow State University, which was followed by a Master’s Degree in English Language at Oxford University. The focus of her studies was on bilingualism in Ireland. Olga is a member of the Conradh na Gaeilge Irish language conversation group.
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