PUPILS at the 510 pupil Caragh national school celebrated Seachtain Na Gaeilge last week with some enthusiasm and even the youngest children were ‘ag caint’ as Gaeilge.
The senior classes went head to head in a nail biting Trath na gCeist. While the excitement was infectious, for many staff members Seachtain na Gaeilge is always tinged with sadness as they remember their dear friend and colleague Yvonne Linehan, (R.I.P.), an Irish scholar who championed the cause of Irish language and was to the forefront in organising the events around S Na G.
In Yvonne’s memory her family awarded Gradam Uí Luineacháin for the best Irish essay from a 6th Class pupil, won by Sarah Jennings. Awards for second, third and fourth went to Moya Boland, Ciarán Redmond and Victoria Dunne.
For many pupils the highlight of this year was the ceolchoirm in their very modern general purpose room.
Musicians, singers and dancers from all classes gathered to entertain classes in what was a most pleasant and uplifting afternoon.
The event closed with 6th class and staff treading the boards with a fashion show compered entirely as Gaeilge.