Today Údarás na Gaeltachta announced that they would once again provide funding for the Advanced Diploma in Applied Irish and Translation run by the translation company Europus in collaboration with Údarás na Gaeltachta and the Atlantic Technological University
The Advanced Diploma in Applied Irish and Translation, Level 8 in the National Qualifications Framework, is a 6-month advanced professional course, held at An Cheathrú Rua in Connemara. The course is aimed at people who want to become professional translators in Ireland or in the European Institutions, or those who wish to work in the Irish language sector. Students are trained in all areas of translation and linguistic accuracy.
Speaking at the launch of the Ard Dioplóma 2023/24, Údarás na Gaeltachta Chief executive, Tomás Ó Síocháin stated:
“This is an immensely valuable course, given the demand for translators and people with advanced Irish language skills, in Ireland and overseas. Due to the changes in the legislation relating to the Irish language, at European level and here in Ireland, wonderful opportunities are emerging in the language industry. We are proud that we are able to support this course, which enables the Gaeltacht and Irish-speaking community to fully grasp these opportunities. This partnership between Europus, the Atlantic Technological University and Údarás na Gaeltachta is increasing the supply of translators necessary to ensure the right of citizens to receive information in Irish. In addition, those from the Gaeltacht and fluent Irish speakers can avail of high-calibre employment here in Ireland and on the continent.”
Sinéad Ní Ráinne from Europus commented:
“We value this partnership between ourselves, Údarás na Gaeltachta and the Atlantic Technological University, a partnership that has been successful for over two decades. There have never been as many opportunities regarding the Irish language as there are at present, for those with the appropriate language skills. The Ard-Dioplóma helps students acquire these skills and prepares them for the world of work. We are very much looking forward to welcoming Class 23-24.”
Diarmuid Ó Conghaile, Head of the Department for Heritage & Tourism, Languages & Humanities stated:
“With the support of Údarás na Gaeltachta, and the expertise of Europus, we are very pleased to reopen the course to applicants for the academic year 23/34. This course is the best of its kind in the country, and the only course of its kind offered in the Gaeltacht. The practical nature of the teaching on the course gives students the experience needed to pursue a valuable career in applied Irish.”