MIC Doctoral Student Awarded Prestigious Scholarship to Teach Irish in the US

MIC Doctoral Student Awarded Prestigious Scholarship

MIC Doctoral Student Awarded Prestigious Scholarship to Teach Irish in the US

Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs & Natural Resources, Seán Kyne T.D., and the US Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O’Malley, recently announced 39 new Irish Fulbright Awardees, including Ms. Vicky Brady PhD candidate at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) and Ms. Siobhán Ní Mhuimhneacháin, MIC graduate.  

Since 1957, the Fulbright Awards are given annually by the Irish and US governments, providing Irish students, scholars, and professionals the opportunity to study, research or teach at top American institutions. These all-discipline awards facilitate knowledge-sharing and cultivate connections between Ireland and the US. The Fulbright Program runs in 155 countries worldwide, giving awardees access to an ever-growing network of international expertise. MIC Doctoral Student Awarded

Congratulating the 39 recipients, US Ambassador, Kevin O’Malley, said “I warmly congratulate the 2016-2017 cohort of Awardees. The Fulbright Awards are highly competitive, globally recognised, and associated with excellence and prestige…so this is a real accomplishment. We are proud to have such bright minds embarking on educational and cultural exchanges to the US, and we look forward to seeing the fruits of their studies and research when they return to Ireland.”

Also speaking at the event, which was hosted at the Ambassador’s Residence, was Minister Seán Kyne T.D. who said; “For us, promotion of the Irish language is a key element of this goal to share knowledge beyond borders. With the support of the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the National Lottery, the Fulbright Commission will send nine Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) to the US this August to teach Irish language and culture”.

Originally from Cork, Vicky Brady completed the BA in Liberal Arts (Irish and English) in 2010 before undertaking the MA sa Ghaeilge the following year.  She has been tutoring in MIC since 2012 while researching for her PHD entitled ‘An Straitéis Fiche Bliain don Ghaeilge 2010-2030 agus a cur i bhfeidhm: Cathair Chorcaí mar chás-staidéar’ (‘The Twenty Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030 and its implementation: Cork City as a case-study’). Her research is in the area of sociolinguistics, examining language planning and policy in Ireland, in relation to the Irish language. Vicky is this year’s Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Villanova University, Philadelphia where she will be teaching beginner and intermediate level Irish.

Vicky Brady, the MIC doctoral student awarded prestigious scholarship, said “I am delighted and privileged to have been chosen as a Fulbright FLTA this year. The Fulbright philosophy of promoting cultural diversity and thereby fostering mutual understanding is extremely important and relevant in today’s world. I believe that recognising and espousing linguistic diversity is a central tenet of this and as such I am greatly looking forward to teaching and promoting the Irish language in America”.

 MIC alumna, Ms Siobhán Ní Mhuimhneacháin completed a Bachelor of Education at Mary Immaculate College, in 2011 and an MA in Modern Irish at University College Cork in 2012. Siobhán has previously worked as a tutor at UCC and currently teaches in Gaelscoil Dhroichead na Banndan. Siobhán is this year’s Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at the University of Notre Dame.

Congratulating both awardees Prof. Michael Healy, Associate Vice President of Research, MIC, said “I warmly congratulate Vicky and Siobhan on their achievements. The Fulbright Awards are very prestigious, high-profile awards made to a small number of Irish academics to undertake research in the United States with Fulbright Scholars being recognised as pioneering leaders in their fields. The fact that two MIC graduates were among this year’s recipients is yet further evidence of the rising profile of research and scholarship at Mary Immaculate College”. MIC Doctoral Student Awarded Prestigious Scholarship

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