Combine ‘Seachtain Gailge’ with the 1916 Centenary Celebrations and even a school which lies at the top of Waterloo and Wellington Roads comes out ‘all Irish’! Not that our Irish Department has ever been shy about celebrating our native language and heritage: for years they have been providing enough ceol agus craic to fill the school year, let alone just a double-seachtaine! But this massive Easter break is advancing like the yeomen on Vinegar Hill, so both our Junior and Senior School teachers have had to cram i bhfad ncos mó into just a few days: the páistí beaga all gathered in the sports-hall for Tráth Na gCeist , answering (sometimes hilariously) about everything Irish from the MacBride to Macklemore while the déagóirí took part in their own table quizzes on Irish themes and then got off their tóin to boogie in class-specific céilí (Fay/Kirwan productions) and take part in the traditional poc fada at Herbert Park, a noted gathering spot for dangerous Fenians. In Sixth Year, Simon Ghose was the winner, with Michael McKay and Maryrose Counihan just behind him, in a competition that was so intense it made a Tipp-Kilkenny final look like a friendly! And Nicolas Foreau and Sarah Spratt, two names redolent of Gaelic culture, won in Fifth Year.