The Trust tends to concentrate its resources on in-house projects and partnerships with other organisations rather than grants. The following list summarises the Trust’s current key areas of activity:

  •          engaging in cross-community work

  •          developing learning resources

  •          forming strategic partnerships with relevant community, research, educational and

                   statutory agencies

  •          advising government and statutory agencies on language planning and policy issues

  •          campaigning for the establishment of an Irish-language broadcasting sector in

                  Northern Ireland

  •          publishing material on the Irish language and related issues

  •          initiating innovative language projects

  •         funding Irish language projects

The Trust has a strong cross-community ethos. Since it was established in 1990, the Trust has recognised that cross-community activity works on a number of levels: tackling prejudice; stimulating interest in Irish across the community as a whole; researching the tradition of Protestant involvement in the language and raising awareness of that tradition; analysing those factors which inhibit Protestant and unionist interest in Irish; and providing opportunities to people from that community to engage with, acquire and use the language.

The Trust has been involved in outreach work for over twenty years, making presentations on a wide-range of topics to community groups, schools and academic audiences throughout Northern Ireland. Our presentations focus on various aspects of Irish language and culture, including surnames, folklore, the history of the Irish language, the Gaeltacht, the influence of Irish on the English we speak, the Protestant Gaelic tradition, as well as more up-to-date topics such as the growth of Irish language schools. We also arrange – and sometimes provide funding – for talks on other themes, such as place-names, song, mythology and Scottish Gaelic.

We make presentations on the following topics – they can be specifically tailored to suit particular areas and are free of charge:  

  • Gaelic Scotland (Gordon McCoy)

  • Protestant involvement in the Irish language (Gordon McCoy)

  • Irish surnames (Aodán Mac Póilin)

  • Irish folklore, including fairy stories, legends and folk-practice (Róise Ní Bhaoill)

  • the Gaeltacht (Róise Ní Bhaoill)

The Trust has also produced a range of resources which the organisation is happy to distribute free-of-charge. For example, our free brochures on the history of Irish and place-names are very popular. Our latest project, a booklet on the Gaelic Placenames of Belfast, has received a lot of attention in the local media; you can view a copy on the ‘publications’ section of our website.

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