Cesar receives bursary for Irish summer school

By by Courier reporter newsdesk@iomtoday.co.im facebook.com/iomnewspapers in Arts

A talented Manx speaker and musician has won a bursary scheme to attend a summer school in Ireland.

Cesar Joughin from Peel follows Isla Callister-Wafer and Erin McNulty who travelled to Donegal for the event, run by Oideas Gael last year.

The bursary, awarded to young and fluent Manx speakers, covers attendance, travel and accommodation costs to the selected course, which is conducted in Irish.

Cesar attended the Bunscoill Ghaelgagh and Queen Elizabeth II High School.

He is also a gifted musician and dancer and comes from a family steeped in Manx tradition and culture.

He is presently studying the diploma in advanced violin making at the Newark School of Violin Making in Nottinghamshire.

The bursary scheme is named after Manxman and academic, Professor Brian Kaneen, a professor and lecturer in German and linguistics at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia who was keen to see young Manx speakers given the opportunity to experience other Gaelic languages, especially Irish.

Adrian Cain, Manx language development officer for Culture Vannin, said: ’Cesar is a talented young man who deserves the opportunity to experience the Irish language in such a brilliant location as Donegal.

’Culture Vannin is pleased to support young and talented Manx speakers who have contributed so much to island life and who are such good ambassadors for the Isle of Man.’

The bursary scheme is awarded annually.

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