Fáilte mór for the naíonra!
People Before Profit TD, Brid Smith, warmly welcomes the work started today on the first Irish Language creche and cultural centre in Ballyfermot.
The Naionra and Irish Culture Centre will be developed in the former Convent Lawns Community Centre.
Late last year while still a local councillor, Deputy Brid Smith pushed for the Discretionary Fund for the South Central Area of Dublin City Council to be used to develop the Naionra and said today
“I feel very proud of People Before Profit and of Cllr Hazel de Nortuin for working hard to ensure that this project would see the light of day.
I wish to take this opportunity to thank Dublin City Council for their support for the idea and also to thank Cllr de Nortuin for her vision for the Irish language.
There is a demand among parents for their kids to have Irish language facilities in this area and this should be the beginning of a longer project to promote Irish language and culture in the community.”
Currently Ballyfermot has no Irish national or secondary school. Parents have had to send children to Clondalkin, Lucan or Inchicore in the past. The opening of the Naionra in January 2017 will be the first of its kind in this area. The plans for the centre include promotion of the Irish language in the new creche and also the promotion of Irish music and dance.
Deputy Smith added “Is iontach an rud e go bhfuil ait sa ceantar Baile Formaid ina mbeadh tacaiocht don teanga Gaeilge and do na phaisti oga e a labhairt”
Anyone in the community of Ballyfermot interested in this project should contact Councillor Hazel de Nortuin on Facebook or at 085 1915429