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Valerie Mhic Giolla Fhinnéin (BA Hons. Irish) owns and runs SMAOINTE. Born and reared in Lurgan, Co. Armagh, she now lives in the little seaside resort of Portstewart, Co. Derry with her husband, Liam, and four of their 6 children. Valerie learned her Irish in the local University and in the Donegal Gaeltacht, where she is presently in negotiations to open a unit in the beautiful Dún Lúiche area, at the bottom of Mt Errigal.

Valerie has always had a special interest for promotion of Irish culture and is involved in community adult education, where she teaches Irish Language and culture, including céilí dancing. Special interests include traditional music, dance, historical and cultural background of Ireland.

cliffs.jpgIs le Valerie, a rugadh 's a tógadh ar an Lorgain, Co. Ard Mhaca, an gnó SMAOINTE Tá sí ina cónaí cois farraige i bPort na Binne Uaine anois le Liam, a fear céile agus ceathrar dá séisear clainne. D'fhoghlaim Valerie a cuid Gaeilge in Ollscoil Chúil Raithin agus i nGaeltacht Thír Chonaill, áit a bhfuil ionad á chur ar bun aici i gceantair Dhún Lúiche, ag bun na hEaragaile. Is mór an tsuim atá ag Valerie i gcultúr na hÉireann a chur chun tosaigh agus bíonn sí ag múineadh na Gaeilge agus rince céilí. Is breá léi ceol traidisiúnta, céilithe, stair agus traidisiúin na hÉireann.

coast.jpg"Irish cultural heritage is one of the oldest and richest in the world, the way we think about and relate to life in the very broadest of ways and yet in the minutest of detail greatly enhanced what was a very hard and cruel lifestyle in times gone by. Our people, perched on the edge of the Atlantic, developed a very strong instinct for survival and yet, for the very same reasons, did not loose sight of what was most important. These caring, welcoming qualities which are renowned worldwide are reflected in our traditions along with our strong sense of respect for our fellow man"

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