“Padam, Padam, Padam, Il arrive en courant derrière moi, Padam, padam, padam, Il me fait le coup du souviens-toi, Padam, padam, padam, C’est un air qui me montre du doigt … “. The closing song of today’s workshop was of course, not sung by Edith Piaf herself, but by French singer Caroline Moreau and over 100 secondary school students. Tuesday, the 1st of March 2016, was the first day of “Le mois de la Francophonie”. And what better way to start this month dedicated to the French language with a French singing workshop! Before mid-term break, some Fifth Years took part in a French song/video clip contest. (You can see and hear the result in the video clip below.) This allowed us to be invited, “s’il vous plaît”, to this workshop at the Royal Irish Academy of music. The day started with a nice walk along the canal, through Merrion Square, under the ravishing Irish sun. We were all welcome in the auditorium of the academy by the ‘Cooperation Attaché for French Language of the French Embassy in Ireland’, Nathalie Fabert Zoé. Then it was Caroline’s turn with her guitarist Lucas to introduce some French songs to us. We eventually all started to sing, count and even clap “en français”. After a 20 minutes break with “croissants” and “petits pains au chocolat” we discovered the finalists of the video clip contest. Out of the 15 schools who took part in the competition, the St Conleth’s team was awarded… second place! A close vote we heard but “l’important c’est de participer!” – isn’t it? Bravo à tous les élèves!
France’s continuing problem of a moribund domestic economy can be directly traced to the export of their most dynamic citizen to Ireland: Mr. Julien Porzadny. He is always up to something francophonic, and here is his own report on the French Department’s latest adventure: