Irish and Gaelic Speakers Collaborate on Cultural Tourism Programme

This unique programme offers a space for Irish and Scottish Gaelic speakers to develop the future of cultural tourism for their areas.

It will support participants to develop a joint shared vision for the future of cultural tourism in their regions and nations, as well as their role as leaders to realise this vision. The programme is funded by the Colmcille Foundation and is a collaboration between Údarás na Gaeltachta in Ireland, and the Social Enterprise Academy, with delivery in September - October 2021. There will be 16 participants, 8 Scottish Gaelic speakers and 8 Irish Gaelic speakers. All will be leaders in their communities, with an active interest in tourism and language.

It will support a cohort of Gaelic-speaking learners from both Ireland and Scotland, connecting them up virtually through a Scottish Gaelic-speaking SEA Facilitator. The programme is virtual and will take place across two online sessions, with space outside of the live sessions for the students to do some research into social enterprises locally.

Enrolled learners will have the chance to create a strategic vision for the sustainable development of cultural tourism using Scottish and Irish Gaelic language as a key strength and driver. They will also be able to develop their leadership skills and realise their vision within this area. In addition, there will be longevity to the programme, enabling learners to plan for the sustainable development of their tourism enterprise in the future. The programme is run by a team of experienced facilitators, meaning learners will gain an active peer network of Gaelic language-focused tourism leaders from across Ireland and Scotland.

Jess Kemp, International Projects Manager at the Social Enterprise Academy said:

"We are grateful to Colmcille Foundation for allowing us the opportunity to collaborate with Údarás na Gaeltachta in support of cultural tourism leaders across Ireland and Scotland. It is hugely important to preserve language and culture, and this programme will allow us to bring together a group of leaders in celebration and development of this sector."

This programme is for speakers of Irish or Scottish Gaelic, who are active in the tourism space. The deadline for applications is 27 August 2021.

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