Ciara Kenny

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‘Youth gatherings’: Would you send your kids?

Government is considering a summer programme to introduce children of the diaspora to Irish culture

Fri, Aug 15, 2014, 10:42


The Government is considering a “youth gathering or homecoming” for the children of Irish emigrants, which would see them visit for a few weeks to experience Irish history and culture, Pamela Duncan reports in The Irish Times today.

The proposed summer programme would give 12 to 15-year-olds a “taste of Irish education” and “maybe an opportunity to trace their roots”. A similar programme for the Israeli diaspora, Taglit Birthright, has seen more than 400,000 young Jewish people visit Israel since it began 15 years ago.

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