During Seachtain na Gaeilge 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 St. Conleth’s múinteoirí Gaeilge have been providing enough ceol agus craic to fill the whole school year, let alone just a double-seachtaine, but they certainly déan a ndícheall leading up to St. Patrick’s Day… and afterwards!
Dorman and DeBhal and Fay and ODulaing are the MacDonagh and MacBride and Connolly and Pearse of St. Conleth’s (without the bloody end!) and they have crammed i bhfad níos mó into 28 Clyde Road, turning it into the Gaeltacht is galánta this side of Carna!
What was on the green agenda? As you can see above, First and Second Years got off their tóin to boogie in a special céilí, and Mr. ODulaing did not even need his hurl this time to keep them in time and in line! Each year had their very own Tráth Na gCeist, answering (sometimes hilariously) about everything Irish from the MacBride to Macklemore and while we were dismayed by The Script replacing U2 as the most commonly proffered incorrect answer but, alas, leanann an saol ar aghaidh! There was also the traditional poc fada at Herbert Park, a noted gathering spot for dangerous Fenians. Below you see Alex Murphy edging out Tim Leary in Sixth Year, but everyone had a go, including our visiting friends from Argentina.
And a new Seachtain na Gaeilge activity premiered this year: a special bodhrán worksop for Transition Year. You can catch the rhythm below, and remember: these boys and girls had just picked up their instruments mere moments before! Well done to all our múinteoirí Gaeilge, whose hard work done in preparation for the festivities meant plenty of craic for the students who enthusiastically took part.