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Turas 

 
 
“Turas” meaning journey or pilgrimage in both Irish and Scots Gaelic, is an Irish language project designed to connect people from Protestant communities to their own history with the Irish language. The programme offers weekly language classes for a range of ability levels, as well as cultural activities and heritage themed sessions. 
Turas
Facts: 
Sullivan Upper pupils wear an Irish language badge on their blazers. 
95% of Northern Ireland place names are derived from the Irish language. 
The largest Gaelic speaking region is in Scotland where the majority of speakers are from the Protestant tradition. 
The Royal Irish Regiment’s motto, ‘Faugh a Ballagh' is taken from Irish and means ‘clear the way’. 
 
Language Classes 
We offer classes at beginners, lower intermediate and upper intermediate levels.  
 
 
Please ring us if you are unsure which class will suit you best. 
 
Cultural Activities 
Turas facilitates weekly set dancing classes - click here for information, an Irish language singing class and periodic music and arts events. Turning the lamps down at Turas is a traditional music session held on the second Friday of every month 8.00pm to late.  
 
Click on the event you are interested in for further information: 
 
 
Heritage Sessions 
Turas provides workshops and talks on the historic links between Protestants and the Irish language, as well as discussions around the relevance of the language in present-day society. The project also facilitates periodic talks on a range of other topics related to language and culture. For details, please contact Linda. 
 
Turas project leader Linda Ervine can be contacted on mobile 0782 4348 988 
CRC Award 
Linda Ervine was proud to receive the 2015 Community Relations Council (CRC) Civic Leadership Award for her commitment to Turas, an Irish Language project at East Belfast Mission. 
 
The CRC award seeks to recognise exceptional contribution to civic leadership in Northern Ireland and the demonstration of sustained leadership that has helped promote community relations, peace-building or intercultural work. The 2015 award was presented at a special leadership symposium, organised by CRC, at Malone House, Belfast featuring a range of speakers on the subject of civic leadership. These included Bishop Harold Miller, the current Bishop of the Down and Dromore Diocese in the Church of Ireland, and former Lord Mayor of Belfast, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir. The panel discussion was chaired by Dr Leon Litvack, a Member of the Board of the Community Relations Council and Reader in Victorian Studies at Queen's University Belfast. 
 
CRC Chairman, Peter Osborne, says that the award recognises her bravery in challenging myths and stereotypes, in the face of opposition, to create understanding and bring people together. “Leading an Irish language teaching organisation based on the Lower Newtownards Road in the heart of east Belfast might have seemed unthinkable a few years ago, but the fact that Turas is now thriving, with 10 language classes per week and over 120 students, is testament to Linda’s vision, bravery and leadership,” Mr Osborne added. 
Linda Ervine
 
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