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Gaelscoil Eoghan Uí Thuairisc win Féile Peile Gael Linn

May 12, 2009

Students from GAELSCOIL EOGHAN UÍ THUAIRISC, CARLOW celebrating their win at  Féile Peile Gael Linn held recently in the Co. Meath Gaeltacht area of Rath Cairn.  In a super final in which both teams were very evenly matched, the Carlow team edged ahead of opponents, Scoil Santain from Tallaght, Dublin in the final moments to win the cup to the delight of their teachers and supporters ! 

Féile Peile Gael Linn, now a well established event on the school calendar, is organised annually to give students from Gaelscoileanna and Gaeltacht national schools an opportunity to meet and have fun ‘as Gaeilge’ on and off the football pitch !  An interesting aspect of the tournament is that all teams are mixed,  with a rule that at least 4 of the 9 players must be girls !   

Eight schools from Leinster took part in this year’s festival –

Gaelscoil Cheatharlach, Carlow; Scoil Santain, Tallaght, Dublin; Scoil Éanna, Navan, Co. Meath; Scoil Oilibhéar, Clonsilla, Dublin; Gaelscoil Chill Dara, The Curragh, Kildare; Scoil Uí Riada, Kilcock, Co. Kildare, Gaelscoil an Mhuilinn, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, and Scoil Náisiúnta Uí Ghramhnaigh, Rath Cairn, Co. Meath.  Each of the participating teams played at least three matches,  with  winners qualifying  for a place in the semi-finals and then the final.                      

Of course, not all the fun is centred around the playing fields !  The students stay with local families and have the opportunity to make new friends with boys and girls from other schools.  They can also show off  their  general knowledge, musical talents and dancing skills during the evening social events that include a  tablequiz, concert and céilí.

The story was also covered recently in the Carlow People