The Wexford County Board is this year again offering to part-fund Summer Scholarships to the Gaeltacht for young GAA aged between 14 and 18 years of age. Anybody interested in applying is asked to contact Mag O'Leary-Doyle as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday February 1.
The following details of the scheme are as supplied by the County Board -
As in previous years, Wexford GAA will part-fund 14 scholarships for club members between the ages of 14 – 18 to attend a 3-week residential Gaeltacht course in the Connemara Gaeltacht. We have negotiated a reduced rate for 14 Wexford GAA students and the scheme is based on the player, the player’s Club and Wexford GAA paying one-third each of the total cost. The course is designed to improve students’ fluency and develop their understanding of Irish in a fun and educational environment. The courses are fully accredited by the Department of Education and by Roinn na Gaeltachta. We have negotiated a discounted rate of €730 / student which means that the player and the Club will pay €243 each and Coiste na nÓg Loch Garman will pay €244. A combined payment from the player and his / her Club must be paid to Coiste na nÓg Loch Garman in the Spring, precise date to be confirmed.
The course will take place in Coláiste Cholumba, An Cheathrú Rua, Conamara,Co. na Gaillimhe for 3 weeks from 27 June to 18 July.
Each Club may nominate no more than 2 players and it is important that players and parents (plus mentors) be advised of this opportunity. Applicants must be paid-up members of their club.
In previous years we have drawn 7 Clubs, each sending 2 players, but in the event that interest levels in the scheme are particularly high this year you are asked to number your applicants 1 and 2 (perhaps on the basis of a draw in your Club) in case it is decided to select one player per Club. A draw will be held at the February County Board meeting and priority will be given to Clubs who were not successful in the 2016 scholarship draw.
- Age Bracket: 14-18 years of age.
- Total Cost: €730 per Player (split into three parts - €243 each for player and club and €244 from Coiste na nÓg.)
- This significantly discounted price is only available to us if a full 14 students attend the summer course.
- Please submit names and dates of birth (max. 2 names per Club) by 3 Feb., 2017
- For further details please log on to www.colaistecholumba.ie