Scoil Mhuire Junior School is celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge 2019 with a packed programme of Irish-based events and activities to encourage children to speak through the medium of Irish.
Seachtain na Gaeilge is an important fixture in the school calendar and runs from March 4 to March 15. It features artwork/flags on display, along with music, Irish dancing and traditional song-singing and storytelling. The first and second classes are taking over the intercom for five minutes each day for Radió Scoil Mhuire and the entire school will turn green for Lá Glas on March 15. Visiting artistes include Mary Beth Taylor, director of Sean-Nós Dance Ireland who will give outreach classes facilitated by Newbridge library and storyteller Helena Byrne, who recently performed Tales of Irish folklore at the Embassy of Ireland, Washington DC. Local musicians such as Maireád Carroll, Rossagh Purcell and Brid Leddy are all kindly giving of their time and Mary Donohue will teach some lively Irish jigs.
“We are lucky to have our own very talented fiddle player, Sandie Purcell to add to the fun “ said principal Caitlin O’ Connor.
“At the heart of Seachtain na Gaeilge in Scoil Mhuire Junior is the sharing of ceol agus craic between classes which take place as part of the festivities and the encouragement given to young children to speak the cúpla focail at home and at school.”