Seachtain na Gaeilge :)

Seachtain na Gaeilge- 11ú-16ú Márta ‘18

Seachtain na Gaeilge was a great success in Scoil Naomh Eoin Dé. We kicked off on Monday morning with a Tráth na gCeist in the classrooms. Fifth and sixth classes and third and fourth had separate quizzes. The girls really loved this as it was an opportunity to mix with new groups, interact and have fun with other classes. Some girls have a great store of general knowledge and enjoy racking their brains and this time with the extra challenge of doing it through Irish.

Maith sibh, a chailíní – no bother to you at all!

On Tuesday, we did our annual Poc fada. The girls headed up to our school field but unfortunately it was locked up and no-one could find the keys!! Not to worry! It was a big novelty to stage it in the boys’ yard. The girls took out their hurleys and sliotars to see who could belt it the furthest (following in the footsteps of the great Cúchulainn!) Each class had their own winners. But everyone took part and had great fun. Bhí an-spórt agus scléip ag gach duine.

On Wednesday we had two fabulous céilís which were run by our lovely, talented Irish dancing teacher Evelyn. These were a tremendous success. The juniors were brilliant and so cute doing their Sweets of May and marching in a circle. The seniors really enjoyed Fallaí Luimní, Ionsaí na hInse and Droichead Átha Luain. It was great to see the enjoyment, excitement and happy faces while still remaining in form and doing the dances very well. Remember girls- Hé hup, aon, dó trí agus na cosa in airde!!!. The girls really know the dances after the years of learning them with our Irish dancing teacher. Maith sibh, a chailíní!

Ar an Déardaoin bhí ceolchoirm iontach againn. Every class took part and recited their poems and songs trí Ghaeilge. We also had a fabulous performance from our Banna Ceoil who played a few tunes for us as we clapped along. We had tin whistles, fiddles, guitars, flutes, recorders and accordions and even a cello!!!

Ar an Aoine bhí lá gníomhaíochta agus aclaíochta againn. The whole school played games and did action songs trí Ghaeilge such as the Hócaí Cócaí, Isteach is Amach Trí na Cloigíní Gorma agus Ceann Guaillí Glúin is Cos. This was great fun with all classes involved- Mar a deir an seanfhocal “Ní neart go cur le chéile”

Mar sin,tríd is tríd, we had a great week of Irish culture in our school. This is particularly important for us in the year that is in it –Bliain na Gaeilge. We have a rich heritage in this country which encompasses song and dance, games, music, stories, poetry and of course our ancient Irish language. It is great to be able to do our bit to keep it alive and kicking. Mar a deir an seanfhocal- “Tír gan teanga tír gan anam.”