Linda Ervine is the manager of the Turas Irish language project. When she began learning Irish in 2011, no one would have conceived of the idea of an Irish language centre in the heart of east Belfast but despite the many difficulties, the centre is now one of the largest providers of Irish language classes in Belfast.
In 2013 Linda received the Roll of Honour in the Aisling Awards. In 2015 she received the Community Relations Council (CRC) Civic Leadership Award and in 2020 she received the Eastside Community Champion Award. In 2021 she was honoured to receive an MBE for her work in east Belfast.
Prior to her present role as manager of the Turas project, she trained as a teacher and taught English in a secondary school in east Belfast. Linda is presently undertaking a part-time degree in Irish.