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ULTACH Board

Trustees: Ruairí Ó Bléine, Bill Boyd, Réamonn Ó Ciaráin, Déaglán Ó Doibhlín, Risteard Mac Gabhann, Joyce Gibson, Robin Glendinning, Barry Kinghan, and Sue Pentel.

ULTACH Staff

Aodán Mac Póilin, Director, Róise Ní Bhaoill, Deputy Director, Gordon McCoy, Development Officer, and Dáithí Mac Cába, Secretary.

Aodán Mac Póilin was born in Belfast and lives in the Shaw's Road Irish-speaking community. He graduated from the New University of Ulster with a degree and M.Phil in Irish Studies. He is an ex-teacher and has been Director of ULTACH Trust since 1990.

He has been active in the European Bureau for Lesser-Used Languages and the Community Relations Council, was chairman of the first Irish-medium school in Northern Ireland, and was on the boards of Foras na Gaeilge (the cross-border Irish language implementation body), and the Columba Initiative. He is currently on the boards of Cultures of Ireland, Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta (the Council for Irish-medium Education), the Irish Language Investment Fund, Northern Ireland Screen,  the Broadcasting Council for Northern Ireland, and the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queens University Belfast.

He has written and lectured extensively on various aspects of the Irish language, literature and culture. He has edited Styles of Belonging: the Cultural Identities of Ulster (1992), Ruined Pages, New Selected Poems of Padraic Fiacc (1994), The Irish Language in Northern Ireland (1997), and was a member of the editorial panel of The Great Book of Gaelic (2002).

Róise Ní Bhaoill was raised in the Donegal Gaeltacht, and began working with the Trust in 1990. She is a graduate of University College Dublin and has completed an MA in Cultural Management with the University of Ulster. She has served on boards of The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum; the Raidió na Gaeltachta Authority; the Columba Initiative;  was a member of the Culture and Identity Working Group, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, and two committees of the Community Relations Council. She was also a member of the Policy Development Committee of the Community Relations Council, and was on the Advisory Panel of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. She served as Secretary of both the Northern Ireland and United Kingdom Committees of the European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages.

Róise served as chairperson of Iontaobhas na Gaelscolaíochta, which was set up to fund the development the Irish-medium education sector in NI. She is also on the board of the Irish Language Investment Fund, which supports broadcasting in Irish in NI. Róise co-edited Gaelic-Medium Education Provision: Northern Ireland: the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man (2003), and authored The Irish Language in Education in Northern Ireland (2004). She authored the monthly learners' article Taisce Focal  for the internet magazine BEO!  which was the basis of a publication by ULTACH.

Gordon McCoy was raised in Saintfield and lives in Belfast. He has a degree in Celtic and Social Anthropology and in 1997 he received a doctorate from Queen’s University, Belfast for his thesis on Protestant learners of Irish. He was active in two committees of the Community Relations Council; the Research and Resources Group and the Cultural Diversity Advisory Group. He was a board member of Foras na Gaeilge, the cross-border Irish language implementation body. He was also a member of the working group which reviewed the Department of Education community relations policy. 

He co-edited Aithne na nGael/Gaelic Identities (2000), which compares the Gaelic worlds of Scotland and Ireland. He has written articles for academic journals on aspects of the Irish language movement, and on Protestant learners of the language, and publishes articles aimed at both academic and general audiences on themes related to culture and politics. He has taught many Irish classes to adults and given many presentations on the language. Gordon has two certificates in teaching qualifications in adult education. Gordon has been working with the Trust since 1997.



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