Irish Language Library for East Belfast – 2,000 Books

04 October 2019

Library shelves filled with Irish language books | CRC NI

Turas, the Irish language project in east Belfast, has opened a library hub and learning space with over 2,000 books.

The new learning hub was unveiled 16 September 2019 at a ceremony in the Skainos Building on the Newtownards Road. Turas is core funded by the Community Relations Council.

The project's aim is to bring people together by raising awareness of the Irish language, while working to promote understanding and acceptance of the shared history and heritage of Ulster.

Speakers at the launch were:

  • Martina Campbell – Dept of Communities Language Branch
  • Caomhín Mac Giolla Mhín – Director of Ciste Infheistíochta Gaeilge
  • Mark Browne, The Executive Office

Also in attendance was Lord Mayor of Belfast John Finucane.


At the last count we have over 2,000 books!”

Linda Ervine, Development Officer, Turas


Bespoke Study Area

The library collection amounts to over 2,000 books, plus digital resources. The library collection is the result of donations from individuals and language groups. Turas has also used its existing funds to enhance the collection.

The bespoke study area provides learning space and computer facilities for the growing number of Irish language students.

More than 700 learners have attended classes at Turas, which began in 2011.

And a massive 300 learners are expected to enroll in September's intake of 14 classes.

Everyone attending classes at Turas has access to the books, which are recorded on a searchable database. Categories include: technology; history; religion; and social sciences.

When I look around this wonderful collection of Irish language books and resources, it is hard to believe that it all began with a few books on a shelf.  It is a very valuable development in our project and comes at a time when a number of our learners are undertaking third level study and raising their expectations.”

Linda Ervine, Development Officer, Turas

The library project was funded by the Department of Communities, Urban Villages and Ciste Infheistíochta na Gaeilge – the Irish Investment Fund.

Further Information

Turas is core funded by the Community Relations Council. Learn more about the Community Relations Council’s core funded groups.

Read more about Turas

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