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first_imgKillybegs driving instructor, Diane Harvey, who has become the first Approved Driving Instructor in the country to win a Road Safety Authority “Leading Lights” award in two successive years, pictured here with Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh and Ray D’Arcey after receiving the award at a ceremony in Farmleigh.Killybegs driving instructor, Diane Harvey, has been named Approved Driving Instructor of the Year by the Road Safety Authority for the second successive year.This is a unique achievement which no other driving instructor in Ireland has earned.She was presented with her “Leading Lights” award yesterday at a function at Farmleigh House, Dublin, by RSA chairman, Gay Byrne. Said Diane (34): “I am delighted to get this recognition. I was amazed to get the Leading Lights award last year and I never expected to win it two years in a row.”A total of 29 awards were presented under various headings at yesterday’s ceremony, which was attended also by sporting great, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh and RTE presenter, Ray D’Arcey.Three years ago, she set up her own business, “D’s School of Motoring & Training” and in 2011 she won the Donegal Enterprise Award sponsored by Donegal Local Development Company Ltd.From the outset, she has focused strongly on road safety and has taken an active part in a number of safety events in conjunction with Donegal County Council and Shell Ireland.  DONEGAL WOMAN WINS DRIVING INSTRUCTOR OF YEAR – AGAIN! was last modified: December 12th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Diane HarveyDriving InstructorKillybegslast_img read more

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Families encouraged to speak Irish to children as new campaign launched

first_imgGovernment Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh T.D., has announced that his Department is implementing a specific measure in Gaeltacht areas in order to raise awareness among young families in the Gaeltacht of the advantages of raising children with Irish.The aim of this measure is to reinforce the Irish language as the household and community language in the Gaeltacht, consistent with the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language.As part of the campaign, materials such as posters and pamphlets will be circulated to health centres and doctors’ surgeries across the Gaeltacht in order to highlight the matter as well as the language support package provided by the Department to young Gaeltacht families raising children with Irish or those who wish to do so. Information on the current campaign will also be disseminated among preschool services in Gaeltacht areas.Under the initiative, a package of books, DVDs and other relevant material is provided, free of charge, to families who contact the Department. Since its introduction in 2012 5,798 packages have been supplied to young families.“This is an excellent opportunity to highlight the advantages of having Irish, and to tell people that support is available to them from my Department if they choose to raise their children with Irish,” said Minister of State McHugh as he announced the information campaign.“From feedback we received from the community it is clear that such a measure is needed. Young Gaeltacht parents have direct and regular contact with doctors’ clinics and health centres in the Gaeltacht and this is a wonderful opportunity to make them aware of the options they have regarding their household language.” As GaeilgeTá fógartha ag Príomh-Aoire an Rialtais agus Aire Stáit don Ghaeilge, don Ghaeltacht agus do na hOileáin, Joe McHugh T.D., (3 Samhain) go bhfuil a Roinn chun beart faoi leith a chur sa tsiúl sna ceantair Ghaeltachta ar mhaithe leis na buntáistí a bhaineann le clann a thógáil le Gaeilge a chur ar a súile do theaghlaigh óga na Gaeltachta.Tá sé mar aidhm ag an mbeart seo an Ghaeilge a threisiú mar theanga teaghlaigh agus pobail sa Ghaeltacht i gcomhréir leis an Straitéis 20 Bliain don Ghaeilge.Mar chuid den fheachtas, scaipfear ábhar eolais amhail póstaeir agus leatháin in ionaid sláinte agus dochtúra fud fad na Gaeltachta ar mhaithe le haird a dhíriú ar an ábhar agus ar an bpacáiste tacaíochta teanga atá á chur ar fáil ag an Roinn do theaghlaigh óga na Gaeltachta atá ag tógáil clainne le Gaeilge nó a dteastaíonn uathu é sin a dhéanamh.Scaipfear eolas chomh maith faoin bhfeachtas reatha ar na seirbhísí réamhscolaíochta sa Ghaeltacht. Faoin tionscnamh scaiptear beart leabhar, DVDanna agus ábhar oiriúnach eile, saor in aisce, ar theaghlaigh a chuireann fios air ón Roinn. Ó cuireadh tús leis in 2012 tá 5798 pacáiste scaipthe ar theaghlaigh óga.“Deis ar dóigh í seo chun na buntáistí a bhaineann leis an Ghaeilge a chur ar a súile do dhaoine, agus chun a rá leo go bhfuil tacaíocht ar fáil dóibh ó mo Roinnse má roghnaíonn siad a gclann a thógáil le Gaeilge,” a dúirt an tAire Stáit McHugh agus é ag fógairt an fheachtais eolais.“Léirigh aiseolas a fuarthas ón phobal go bhfuil gá le beart mar seo. Bíonn teagmháil dhíreach agus rialta ag tuismitheoirí óga na Gaeltachta leis na hionad dochtúra agus sláinte sa Ghaeltacht agus is deis ar dóigh í seo chun na roghanna atá acu maidir le teanga teaghlaigh a chur ar a súile dóibh”.Families encouraged to speak Irish to children as new campaign launched was last modified: November 4th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:familyGAELTACHTirishjoe mc hughlast_img read more

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Nome 4thgrader wins 2016 Iditarod button contest

first_imgWhile the last great race is still months away, the Iditarod button design contest already has a champion: Ayla Knodel, a fourth-grader at Nome Elementary School.Ayla Knodel won the 2016 Iditarod button design contest. Her artwork will appear on the commemorative buttons sold along the trail this March. Photo: Laura Kraegel, KNOM.Knodel took first place in the annual contest that has Alaska students create artwork for the commemorative button sold along the trail each March. Having submitted her design early in the school year, though, she said she was surprised to learn of her victory late last month.“We were at the library, and Ms. T was like, ‘Remember the buttons we made? Guess who won?’ Everybody was like, ‘Who?’ and Ms. T grabbed me and gave me a big hug,” said Knodel. “I was so embarrassed, but everybody that day gave me a high five or a hug.”The 2016 Iditarod button, designed by Ayla Knodel. Artwork courtesy of the Iditarod Trail Committee.“Ms. T” is Teresa Johnson, Knodel’s fourth grade teacher. Johnson said she has all of her students design buttons as a class art project.“I do it every year with the kids, and it’s just an activity for us to feel connected to the rest of the state, the Iditarod trail, and the race. But I never had any anticipation or any thought of us winning,” said Johnson.Johnson said Nome Elementary students alone submitted hundreds of designs. And Starre Szelag — with the Iditarod Trail Committee — said many other students did too.“We solicit schools along the trail, and we had about seven or eight schools total [this year]. And then we just try to narrow it down,” said Szelag. “They’re all great to look through. It’s kind of hard to narrow down, actually.”Knodel’s winning design shows a sled dog racing across a snowy landscape with the northern lights overhead. As a big Iditarod fan, Knodel said it’s familiar sight.“My house is right by the finish line on Front Street and at two in the morning, it’s so loud,” she said. “There’s like 500 people out there, and they’re cheering. It keeps us up all night, but I like going out there. I run and give [the mushers] high-fives.”With her own first-place finish, Knodel will receive a plaque and a bag of the buttons she designed. The second-place design came from Chloe Sipary in Nulato, while Ulita Dale from McGarth finished third.last_img read more

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