Gaelic teacher working to bring Irish culture, language to P.E.I.

Gaelic teacher Eoin Ó Beaglaoich plans to spend his two month visit to Prince Edward Island building a strong link between the Island and Ireland.

Eoin Ó Beaglaoich plans to develop formal Irish language training on P.E.I.

In his role as a representative of the Ireland Canada University Foundation, Eoin Ó Beaglaoich plans to develop formal Irish language training on P.E.I. (CBC)

Gaelic teacher Eoin Ó Beaglaoich plans to spend a two-month visit to Prince Edward Island building a strong link between the Island and Ireland and develop formal Irish language training.

Ó Beaglaoich is on special assignment in his role as representative of the Ireland Canada University Foundation. He says by the end of his visit, he hopes to have a better idea of how to bring Celtic enthusiasts together and help Irish culture grow on the Island.

"Irish classes will be up there as one of the main things we'd like to offer here if they demand is there, if people want to learn it," said Ó Beaglaoich.

During his visit, Ó Beaglaoich wants to become better acquainted with P.E.I.'s Irish community, for instance, by connecting with people such as Cian Ó Móráin who came to the Island as a touring musician and and decided to stay.

Cian Ó ​Móráin visited P.E.I. as a touring musician and ended up staying. (CBC)
"I just see such a vibrant, active, engaging, enthusiastic community here, with regards to Celtic heritage, and I love it," said Ó Morain.

Both Ó Beaglaoich and Ó Morain said there is an interest from Islanders to learn more about Irish culture, music, language and sport.  

"I think there's a huge interest here to continue that on and I would definitely love to be a part of making this something sustainable for the communities here on the Island and the university into the future," said Ó Morain.

Ó Beaglaoich said it would be a great opportunity for someone like him to come to P.E.I. and have and exchange of cultures.

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