Mary’s Gift is a US-based charitable endowment fund providing financial support to Irish-immersion schools in northern Ireland.

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  • Foundation's Inspiration Featured in Irish America Magazine

    Irish America magazine features an article about Mary Clifford, the inspiration behind Mary's Gift Irish Language Foundation.

    Click here to read the article.

  • Mike Breen, Chairman of Mary's Gift Irish Language Foundation, presenting a check to principal Fionnguala McCotter and teacher Aoife Mistéil during a recent visit to Scoil an Droichid ("school at the bridge"), a primary school in Belfast.

  • A lovely card from the students and staff of Gaelscoil na mBeann, a primary school in Kilkeel, County Down.  The Mary's Gift Foundation provided financial support to the school to assist its opening in April 2013.  To all of our friends and supporters who helped us make a difference, we also thank you for your support!

  • In Belfast City Hall, July 2011: presentation of a check from Mary's Gift to Coláiste Feirste, the North’s only Irish-medium secondary school. Pictured L to R are Seán Mistéil, Chair of the Coláiste Feirste Board; Mike Breen of Mary's Gift; a prominent member of the West Belfast Gaeltacht; Niall Ó Donnghaile, then-Lord Mayor of Belfast, and a Coláiste Feirste graduate; and Pilib Ó Ruanaí, Chief Executive of Iontaobhas na Gaelscolaíochta, the Belfast-based Trust Fund for Irish-Medium Education.

  • Then-president of Ireland Mary McAleese visiting Coláiste Feirste and passing a Mary's Gift banner in the lobby of the school. Behind her is her husband, Martin, talking to Gerry Adams.

  • Pilib Mistéil (left), Chair of Iontaobhas na Gaelscolaíochta (the Belfast-based trust fund for Irish-medium education), presents a check from Mary's Gift to Cathal O'Hare, Chair of Naíscoil Shliabh Fuait, in County Armagh, in February 2013.  With them is Pilib Ó Ruanaí, Chief Executive of Iontaobhas na Gaelscolaíochta.

  • Pilib Mistéil (left) presents the check from Mary's Gift to Cathal O'Hare, Chairperson of Naíscoil Shliabh Fuait, County Armagh, in February 2013.

  • Children and faculty from Bunscoil na nBeann, an Irish-immersion primary school in Kilkeel, Co. Down. The Mary's Gift Foundation donated funds to the school in June 2012.

  • Official launch of Mary's Gift in September 2009, on the grounds of Coláiste Feirste in West Belfast.