Two Kildare schools receive merits at drama festival

Coirm Gael Linn festival

Paula Campbell

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Two Kildare schools receive merits at drama festival

Pupils from Gaelscoil Nás na Ríogh pictured on stage

Pupils from Gaelscoil Nás na Ríogh, Naas and Gaelscoil Mhic Aodha, Kildare Town, were threading the boards of Visual Theatre, Carlow at the annual Coirm Gael Linn festival on Thursday, February,14 2019.

Two awards were presented to the young cast of Gaelscoil Nás na Ríogh for their wonderful presentation of ‘Fergal, an Fear Bréige Cineálta’ - Fergal, the Kind Scarecrow . Gaelscoil Mhic Aodha also garnerned two  awards for their show ‘An Fear Sinséir’ - The Gingerbread Man.

Teachers Leah Ní Aoláin and Ciara Shorthal from Gaelscoil Nás na Ríogh, along with Niamh Ní Dhuinn and Aoife Ní Dhúdal from Gaelscoil Mhic Aodha, were delighted with their pupils’ success.

COIRM affords primary school pupils a chance to shine on stage, whether singing, playing music, dancing, acting or reciting.  Along with Gaelscoil Mhic Aodha and Gaelscoil Nás na Ríogh, schools from counties Wexford,  Waterford and Dublin travelled to Carlow, where they were joined by the local Gaelscoil Eoghan Uí Thuairisc, for the one-day festival.  Each participating school presented a  twenty minute variety show ‘as Gaeilge’ with a theme of their own choice,  showing the musical and dramatic abilities of pupils from one particular class or from different classes in the school.

The auditorium was filled to capacity throughout the day and the appreciative audience, comprising schoolchildren, parents and teachers, were entertained before and after each show by the popular entertainer, Giggles the clown.


While it is  not a competition, each show is reviewed by a guest adjudicator and a written critique is given to each teacher.  At the adjudicator’s discretion, special merit awards or ‘gradaim’, are also presented for outstanding performances by individuals or ensembles during the shows. On this occasion, Síle Ní Dhuibhne complimented the teachers for the high standard of production from all the participating schools.

Through their participation in Coirm, organisers Gael Linn aim to nurture the young talent of the future,  while encouraging the use of the Irish language in an enjoyable  atmosphere. A total of eight festivals will take place at  venues nationwide over the coming weeks, in which up to 3,500 rising stars will take part.