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Liberal Arts student Meghan Ní Raifeartaigh receiving her crystal Armagh City Mayor’s Award from Mayor Freda Donnelly.

 

Final year St Mary’s University College BA (Hons) Liberal Arts student Meghan Ní Raifeartaigh receiving her crystal Armagh City Mayor’s Award from Mayor Freda Donnelly.

 

Final year St Mary’s University College BA (Hons) Liberal Arts degree student Meghan Ní Raifeartaigh who was the winner of the Mayor’s Awards presented by Mayor Freda Donnelly at the Armagh City Hotel in recognition of Meghan’s promotion of the Irish language and culture within the local community. Meghan recently completed her work placement with CAIRDE Teo, a city based social enterprise dedicated to the promotion and development of the Irish Language. While on placement, Development Manager with CAIRDE Teo, Gearóid Ó Machail involved Meghan in project planning and management, grant applications, graphic design tasks, market research, office administration, schools and community events and attending meetings with political and cultural representatives in Stormont.

 

FOR INFORMATION - PRESS RELEASE – April 2012

Last week marked an important date for the community and voluntary sector in Armagh City and District with the annual presentation of the Mayor's Awards in Armagh City Hotel.

Among the many worthy award winners was local city girl Meghan Ní Raifeartaigh who is currently on work placement with CAIRDE Teo, a city based social enterprise dedicated to the promotion and development of the Irish language.

Meghan received an attractive crystal award from Mayor Freda Donnelly in recognition of her selfless dedication to event organisation and cultural development within the local community. A final year student at St Mary's University College Belfast where she is studying a BA Hons Degree in Liberal Arts and Irish Language, Meghan devotes her spare time to organising a diverse range of activities for both young people and adults in the fields of culture, language and Gaelic sports. Her boundless energy and her social networking skills have proved to be an enormous asset to all the clubs and organisations with whom she works.

Meghan's current work placement has enabled her to develop her voluntary work and to take it to a new level of professionalism. She has been dividing her time between project planning and management, grant applications, graphic design tasks, market research, office administration, schools and community events and attending meetings with political and cultural representatives in Stormont.

As well as the recognition she has received from the Mayor and from her employers, Meghan was also commended for her work with the Irish Language by DCAL Minister Caral Ní Chuilin when she visited Armagh City recently to officially open the CAIRDE Teo offices and shop in Armagh City Shopping Centre.

Ms Ní Raifeartaigh expressed delight at the recognition she has received from the Mayor and the Minister:

"I've always been committed to the promotion of Irish language and culture including Gaelic sports. While the recognition I've received recently is very gratifying, the real reward for my work comes from the feedback that I receive from the local community. Everything that I am involved with, including the time I spend with underage teams at Naomh Bríd Camogie Club to the huge effort required to deliver the two week summer camp, Campa Mhacha, for Irish medium students in the summer, brings its own rewards and challenges.

The work that I have been doing during my placement with CAIRDE Teo and other projects that I've delivered with Gael Linn have been challenging but they have nonetheless offered me the opportunity to learn about the different aspects of running a social enterprise and simultaneously managing a diverse range of activities. People in this sector work extremely hard and I have come to really admire their dedication and energy. I am also thankful to my tutors at St Marys College for providing me with such a rewarding placement opportunity".

Development Manager with CAIRDE Teo, Gearóid Ó Machail, added his congratulations:

"Meghan has shown a remarkable aptitude in a number of disciplines relating to cultural enterprise and development. Her recent Mayor's award is no less than due recognition for her tireless work within the local community. Meghan represents the youthful and dynamic face of the Irish language revival. The language is riding the crest of a wave of popularity at present and with people like Meghan on board, who display commendable maturity in sharing their passion and commitment, the Irish language has a bright future in this city and district.

CAIRDE Teo is delighted to offer work placements and training opportunities to students and other young people who have gained the advantage of obtaining a second language through Irish medium education. We know that Meghan has a bright future ahead of her and will watch her progress with interest".