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February 28, 2013

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2013 has something for all

February 28, 2013

Seachtain na Gaeilge, the rather more than a week-long festival of events celebrating the Irish language, heritage, culture, and life, returns from March 2 to 17.

Events will take place across the city and county, involving music, dance, theatre, debates, competitions, and storytelling, culminating in the St Patrick’s Day Parade. The festival was launched on Monday by TG4 presenter and Seachtain na Gaeilge ambassador Róisín Ní Thomáin, along with pupils from Gaelscoil Dara. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Give Irish a Go’. The emphasis is on public participation and is aimed at those with little or no Irish, the ‘cúpla focail’, or who are fluent. Is leor Beirt – get talking as Gaeilge

The Is leor Beirt strand of the programme entails a small group of people meeting in a local cafe or in their workplace restaurant to chat together in Irish on a regular basis. “There is no extra cost or time needed to get involved with the Is Leor Beirt network,” said Conradh na Gaeilge’s Siobhán Ní Dhubhfaidh. “The scheme revolves around coffee breaks or lunchtimes that people would be taking anyway, only now they’ll be relaxing in a new setting in the company of other people interested in Irish.” Is Leor Beirt events will be taking place in Lohan’s and The Oslo Hotel in Salthill (Monday March 4, Monday 11, at 8pm); Hennellys Pub, Corrundulla (Monday 4, 8pm); McCambridges, Shop Street (Tuesday 5 and Tuesday 12, 10.30am); Hope’s, Loughrea (Wednesday 6, 11am); Loughrea’s Irish Office (Monday 4 at 10am, Wednesday 13, 11am).

Similar events include a coffee morning with Age Action West and the Cumann Craic in the Age Action West office, the Small Crane, at 12 noon on Tuesday 5. Club Áras na nGael will host oíche na bhfoghlaimeoirí social night with ceol agus craic for Irish language learners from 8.30pm. On Friday 8 there will be a coffee morning and conversation at An Comharchumann, Cill Rónáin, from 11am; an Irish taster class in Teach na Gaeilge, Maigh Cuillin (3pm for beginners, 3.30pm learners, 4pm higher, 4.30pm grammar class). Admission is free. For more information contact 086 – 00660483. The public can also practice their Gaeilge at the coffee morning in The Galway Cakery, Moycullen (Saturday 9, 11am); parent and toddler morning, Teach na Gaeilge, Maigh Cuilinn (Monday 11, from 10am); coffee morning, Café Áras na Gaeilge, NUIG, (Monday 11, from 10am); My First Gaeilge, Áras na Gaeilge, NUIG, (Monday 11, from 3pm).

Coffee morning, Gaelscoil Riada, Athenry (Tuesday 12, 11am); Ciorcal cómhra with wine and cheese reception, Aras na Gaeilge, NUIG (Tuesday 12, 3pm); Ciorcal comhra with caint agus craftmaking in Teach na Gaeilge, Moycullen (8pm, also Tuesday 12, for more information (086-0660483). On Wednesday 13 NUIG will host its ‘No English Day’; while Áras na Gaeilge, NUIG will hold an Irish breakfast (10pm) and My First Gaeilge (3pm); Oíche na bhfoghlaimeoirí in Club Áras na nGael, social night for Irish language learners, from 9.30pm. Concerts, events and talks SnaG begins on Saturday with NUI Galway’s Drama Festival for the Colleges, celebrating and hosting theatre as Gaeilge. For more information see www.drama-gaeilge.com

On Tuesday 5 Club Áras na nGael on Dominick Street will host a Breton night from 8pm; and the Róisín Dubh will host an ‘Irish Silent Disco’ from 10pm. On Wednesday 6 there will be a screening of the films Cré na Cille and Kings in Áras na Gaeilge, NUIG at 6pm; and Celtic rock band The Waylanders will play Kelly’s, Bridget Street at 9pm.
Thursday 7 will see an Irish trad session in The Western hotel, Prospect Hill, at 9.30pm and on Friday 8 there will be a talk entitled Cultural Resistance in the Basque Country in Áras na nGael, Dominick Street, at 7pm. On Tuesday 12 there will be a music session in the Westside Library, Galway at 6.30pm; a lecture on the poet Raifteirí with NUIG’s Prog Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh at 8pm; and the Irish Silent Disco at the Róisín Dubh at 10pm. Thursday 14 will see the sean nós night in Maigh Cuillin with Johnny Mháirtín Learaí, Josie Sheáin Jeaic, Máirtín Tom Sheainín, Máire Phete Uí Dhroighneáin, Treasa Bn Uí Chonaill, Treasa Uí Cheannbháin, Róisin Elsafty, Joe John Mac an Iomaire, Seosamh Ó Fátharta, Pól Ó Ceannbháin, and Catríona Ní Cheannbháin in Regans Pub at 9pm, admission is free.

That same evening will see a trad session in The Western Hotel, Prospect Hill (9.30pm) and a céilí with JCI Galway, Club Aras na nGael, at 9pm. Dara Ó Cualán will give a lecture on the Galway Oireachtas 1913 in the Galway City Museum at 2pm on Saturday 16. Music events for St Patrick’s Day (Sunday 17) include the St Patrick’s day Trad Music Session in Club Áras na nGael, from 2pm and Don Stiffe and Marcus Ó hIarnáin in The Forge, Moycullen, at 8pm. Storytelling for children SnaG will host storytelling events as Gaeilge for children in the Galway City Library (Friday 8 and Friday 15, 11.15am), in the Westside Library (Friday 8 and Friday 15, at 3.30pm), a reading morning for children in the Moycullen Bookshop (Saturday 9, 11am); The programme is available from Conradh na Gaeilge, Áras na nGael, 45 Dominick Street (091 – 567824, conradh@bradan.iol.ie, www.arasnangael.ie)


Roinn na Gaeltachta grants to attend Coláiste Ghobnait

February 28, 2013

Roinn na Gaeltachta awards grants on an annual basis to students from the mainland attending Coláiste Ghobnait. We look forward to accepting more students for the school year 2013-2014.

The Department grant covers the student’s accommodation

Coláiste Ghobnait has many benefits:

  • The student will be lodging with a family on the island where Gaeilge is the everyday language
  • Students will have a great opportunity to improve their Gaeilge. Gaeilge is the spoken daily among the islanders and the school community. This opportunity provides the perfect total immersion environment for a safe and positive experience in the Gaeltacht. (40% of the examination marks are allocated for the Oral Irish examination at Leaving Certificate Level)
  • There is a bonus mark awarded to students who do their examinations through Irish
  • Wide range of subjects available
  • Low pupil teacher ratio
  • All modern facilities available
  • Net books are used by all the students in the Junior Certificate Cycle and first year students in the Leaving Certificate Cycle
  • Video conference facility available in the college
  • Astroturf pitch available
  • Football pitch
  • Basketball courts
  • Tennis court
  • Volleyball
  • Handball
  • Everybody lives within close proximity to the school
  • All facilities are close by.

Programme for Transition Year

  • The main aim of the transition year programme is to foster the student’s love and respect of the Irish language and culture through total immersion.
  • Due to the fact that they are living on the island they gain self independence and confidence.
  • As you are aware 40% of the Leaving Certificate Examination is allocated to the Oral Irish Examination.
  • They reside with families where Irish is the spoken everyday language of the family.
  • The students enter the BT Young Scientist competition.
  • They do projects in all subjects.
  • They interact with the elders – for example they have been involved in a project called Wiseways with the elders this year.
  • They write and perform a play for the Christmas Show. The Christmas Show is attended by the entire school and the community of Inis Oírr.
  • We begin the Christmas Holidays with the celebration on Mass. The national school and the local community also attend.
  • They learn set dancing.
  • They go on a school tour.
  • They visit an activity centre in Petersbourg in Conamara.
  • There is a football pitch, astroturf, basketball courts, tennis courts, handball alleys and volleyball facilities available on the island.
  • The students participate in a P.E class every week.
  • They enter various competitions: music, debates, creative writing, art.
  • They help and participate in The French Day and Lá na Gaeilge which are held annually in the school.
  • They do two weeks work experience with an employer of their choice with regards to their future careers.
  • The ECDL Examination is provided in the college. On the successful completion of the ECDL Examination each student is awarded a Certificate.

It is worthwhile visiting the following websites:

  • www.inisoirr-island.com
  • www.colaistelaichtin.ie

Further Information:
Coláiste Ghobnait, Inis Oírr, Oileáin Árann, Co. na Gaillimhe.
Teil/faics: 099 75016
Ríomhphost: priomhoide.cg@cogalvec.ie

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February 27, 2013

Public meeting re Gaelcholáiste an Phiarsaigh, new school in Dundrum

February 27, 2013

A public meeting will be held on Thursday, 14 March 2013 – 8.00pm, in Bewleys Hotel Leopardstown, regarding the establishment of Gaelcholáiste an Phiarsaigh in September 2014.

Welcoming the decision of the Department of Education and Skills to sanction a new Gaelcholáiste under the patronage of Foras Pátrúnachta na Scoileanna lánGhaeilge Mr Lorcán Mac Gabhann, Chair of the founding group said,

“In September 2014 Gaelcholáiste an Phiarsaigh will open its doors to pupils from Dundrum and its surrounding areas. For many years there has been an over supply of pupils from primary schools wishing to attend existing All-Irish Schools that could not be catered for.”

It has been very evident that this problem has become more acute in recent years and Mr Mac Gabhann is certain that Gaelcholáiste an Phiarsaigh will overcome this problem.

Parents and interested parties are welcome to attend the public meeting on the 14 March, where they will receive further informaion regarding Gaelcholáiste an Phiarsaigh and All-Irish second level education generally. Enrolment forms for Gaelcholáiste an Phiarsaigh will be available on the night.

Tuilleadh eolais/Further information – Foras Patrúnachta na Scoileanna lánGhaeilge 01-6294110 or Lorcán Mac Gabhann 087-9790193.


Contracts signed for purchase of Gaelscoil de hÍde site

February 27, 2013

The new Gaelscoil de hÍde at Oranmore has taken a major step towards becoming a reality after contracts were signed for the purchase of a site.

The acquisition of land for the school finally cleared the way for the project to advance. The purchase of the site was the main stumbling block in delaying the new building. Gaelscoil de hÍde was included in the Department of Education’s five-year building programme last March and it was envisaged that construction would commence on the project in 2015.
The proposed new school will be a 16- classroom national school, with a two-class special needs unit, and ancillary accommodation with a general purpose room. The developers are now in the process of signing the contracts and it is expected this will be completed by March 16. Outline planning permission has already been granted.
The next step is the design stage and an application for full planning permission. Gaelscoil de hÍde currently has almost 300 pupils and 20 staff, all of whom are housed in temporary accommodation with no playground space or other resource facilities.
The cost of renting the pre-fab accommodation amounts to €200,000 a year. The news has been welcomed by Galway West TDs Independent Noel Grealish and Fine Gael’s Brian Walsh. The acquisition of the site for the new school has cleared the way for development to be fasttracked,” said Dep Walsh. “I have made this case directly to the Minister for Education.”


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