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Miltown Malbay Direct Provision residents keen to learn Irish language

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In a week where the compulsory studying of Irish for the Leaving Certificate is under threat, asylum seekers in Miltown Malbay have inquired about the prospect of being taught the language in Co Clare.

Miltown Malbay locals and some of it’s newest residents, recently arrived asylum seekers met on Tuesday morning. Facilitated by Clare Public Participation Network (PPN), the asylum seekers used the gathering to express their “huge interest” in learning about the history of Ireland, the language their willingness to volunteer in various groups. To complete their hopes of learning some of the language, they will require a teacher.

Subsequent to the meeting, Clare PPN have issued an appeal for a number of items including guitars, guitar teachers, musical instruments, an individual capable of teaching the Irish language, table tennis equipment, a basketball, art supplies and personnel to break down the history of Ireland in sections for easy learning.

Clare PPN can be contacted on 087-161-7375 or by email sarah@clareppn.ie for individuals who may be able to assist the Direct Provision residents.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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