December 8, 2005
Source: Concordia University:
INCREASED FUNDING EXPANDS CANADIAN IRISH STUDIES
MONTREAL/December 7, 2005 – Canadian Irish Studies at Concordia University is about to enter a new and exciting stage of its development thanks to a significant increase in annual funding provided by the Canadian Irish Studies Foundation.
Brian O’Neill Gallery, Chair of the Canadian Irish Studies Foundation has informed Concordia President Claude Lajeunesse that the trustees have approved an increase of $125,000 in the Foundation’s 2005 contribution, bringing the total amount for the year to $230,250. They have also confirmed their intention to increase their level of commitment by $100,000 in subsequent years.
With the additional funds Concordia has agreed to add four new courses and make two faculty appointments in Canadian Irish Studies, establish 19 scholarships for students within the program and introduce the annual O’Brien Visiting Scholar, thereby affirming Concordia as the preeminent centre in Canada for the study of modern Ireland and Irish-Canadian history.
In a letter to Dr. Lajeunesse, Mr. Gallery paid tribute to all the generous donors who have made this increased financial contribution possible and he went on to say that the supporters of the Foundation, its trustees and directors, "are all very proud of this community-based accomplishment in supporting Concordia, and we very much hope that it would lead to a consolidation of Canadian Irish Studies at a University that is very dear to our hearts."
In acknowledging that these dramatic advances could not have been achieved without the support of each and every one of the donors to the Foundation, Mr. Gallery also recognized in particular "how generous and supportive Concordia has been in developing this discipline over the years."
For more information, contact Michael Kenneally, Director of the Centre for Canadian Irish Studies, at (514) 848-2424, ext. 7389.
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