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Irish language class takes off in Protestant community in east Belfast

By John Mulgrew

Published 08/03/2013

Irish Language Teacher, Maitiu O'hEachaidh taking an Irish Language Class in the Beal Feirste Mission on the Newtownards Road
Irish Language Teacher, Maitiu O'hEachaidh taking an Irish Language Class in the Beal Feirste Mission on the Newtownards Road

After teaching Irish to dozens among the Protestant community, the sister-in-law of the late loyalist David Ervine is to host a series of events in east Belfast for the first time as part of an Irish language week.

Linda Ervine began learning Irish as part of a cross-community event with nationalist residents from Short Strand.

She’s now running five weekly classes, with some 40 students at her base at the East Belfast Mission on the Newtownards Road. “My aim overall is really to change attitudes in regards to Irish language, to break down the hostility,” she said.

This weekend her group is to host a series of events, including live music, as part of the island-wide Seachtain na Gaeilge festival.

For details about the weekend’s events visit www.snag.ie.

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