Irish language expert Professor Regina Uí Chollatáin appointed new Chair of Foras na Gaeilge

Professor Regina Uí Chollatáin is the new Chair of Foras na Gaeilge, the public body responsible for the promotion of the Irish language throughout the island of Ireland.

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Head of the UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore, her appointment follows a nomination to the North/South Language Body Board by the Irish Government.

This organisation, though its two agencies Foras na Gaeilge and Tha Boord O Ulstèr-Scotch, works to promote the Irish Language on an all-island basis, as well as create greater awareness in the use of Ullans and of Ulster-Scots cultural issues.

“I am delighted to be appointed Chair of Foras na Gaeilge,” said Professor Uí Chollatáin. “I am looking forward to working with the Board and building on existing projects with many new possibilities”.

“There is much energy and innovation in the Irish language sector at this time and it is a privilege to be part of this work.”

A native of Letterkenny in County Donegal and President of the Global Irish Diaspora Congress, Professor Uí Chollatáin is Chair and Professor of Modern Irish at University College Dublin, and has been the Head of the UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore since 2015.

Her main areas of research and publishing are revival, Irish language journalism and print culture.

A member of the MoLI Academic Advisory Board and the Irish Folklore Council, she was also a member of the original Board of TG4 and Chair of the Irish Newspaper and Periodical History Forum.

Source: University College Dublin

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