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Minister encourages everyone to make a date with McCracken summer school

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has attended the launch of the McCracken summer school at the Crumlin Road Gaol.

The event sets the scene for the annual Summer School which is organised by the McCracken Cultural Society to promote Irish culture.

Minister Ní Chuilín said: “The programme which the McCracken Summer School provides shows just how the Irish Language community can get together to do something positive for the language.

“It also appeals to people from every walk of life regardless of age, social, religious or political background, an objective that is shared with my Department’s Líofa initiative.”

The Minister added: “Líofa has gone from strength to strength since I launched it in 2011. The target has been revised several times and the target is now 5,000 sign-ups by 2015. I am pleased to announce that we are now fast approaching 4,000 sign-ups.

“I believe the Irish Language belongs to everyone and can play an essential role in helping to celebrate inclusiveness. The McCracken Summer School is the highlight of the summer calendar. I would encourage everyone to make a date with this year’s summer school which runs from 22 July until 1 August 2013.”

Notes to editors:

1. For more information on the McCracken Summer School, please visit

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