The Gaeltacht Quarter/An Cheathrú Ghaeltachta: Colma McKee

Colma McKee was born and raised in Belfast’s Shaw’s Road Gaeltacht in west Belfast. She is a daughter of Bríghid Mhic Sheáin and Séamas MacSeáin, two of the founders of the Shaw’s Road Gaeltacht.

Colma has been employed with Forbairt Feirste since its formation in 1996 and has been involved in training since 1998. She directs the training course ‘Towards Employment’.

The Belfast Gaeltacht Quarter (An Cheathrú Ghaeltachta) is an area in the west of the city with the aim of promoting the Irish language, attracting enterprise, tourism and wealth to a largely socially and economically deprived area.

Proposals for a Gaeltacht Quarter began in 2002 as a recommendation of the Joint West Belfast/Greater Shankill Task Force. The plan was then adopted by Government and Belfast City Council.

This is one of a series of interviews which explores the challenges and successes to date.

Subtitled in English.

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