DIT lecturer Íte Ní Chionnaith wins Irish award

22 November 2012: DIT lecturer Íte Ní Chionnaith has won this year’s public speaking competition at the Oireachtas Festival.  Now in its 115th year, the Oireactas festival is the most popular Irish language gathering and brings together the best of Irish language culture and its people.  Íte won the award for her speech through Irish entitled ‘Tá saol na tuaithe faoi bhagairt ag rialacha na hEorpa’ meaning ‘Country life is being threatened by European law’.

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Íte has lectured in the School of Media at DIT since 1979 and, as well as being Léachtóir le Gaeilge on the Journalism, Film and Broadcasting and MA sa Chumarsáid Fheidhmeach programmes, she has been very involved in Coiste na Gaeilge in DIT.

She has an active interest in politics and current affairs and has organised the publication of student news papers and magazines Cumarsáid and Tairseach, helped in producing student radio programmes and short films, some of which have won prizes in the Oireachtas 3rd level Film Competition, and trained debating teams who won the Gael-Linn 3rd level debating competition.

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Íte is very involved in Irish language affairs outside of DIT. She was the first female Uachtarán of Conradh na Gaeilge, spent a number of years as Cathaoirleach and Leas-Chathaoirleach of An tOireachtas, and was editor of the Irish language monthly magazine Feasta. She has had articles published in various newspapers and magazines including The Irish Times, Feasta, Comhar, Beo and Nuacht 24. She is a regular contributor to radio and television programmes, mostly in Irish, and she has been interviewed in the last month on TG4, RTÉ, BBC, Raidió na Gaeltachta and Raidió na Life.

Speaking about her award Íte said “It was great to win the award. I always tell my students that every subject, no matter how complicated, how modern or how controversial can be discussed as well, if not better in Irish as in English. Winning any Oireachtas award for singing, dancing, playing music, writing or even speaking in Irish is great as it is the oldest and most important Irish language festiv

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