Back to School Details September 2016
Students of Coláiste Chú Chulainn celebrated Seachtain na Gaeilge with great spirit and enthusiasm. Students and staff immersed themselves wholeheartedly in a myriad of activities such as tráth na gceist (quiz), ceol agus amhránaíocht (music and singing), tomhas an lae (guess of the day), and comhrá agus cupán tae (chat and a cup of tea). As part of a nationwide celebration of Seachtain na Gaeilge and Lá an Fhorógra (Proclamation Day), schools were invited to sing the Irish song Oró ‘sé do bheatha bhaile and Amhrán na bhFiann. All students of Coláiste Chú Chulainn gave an impressive performance of these songs, with singing, and the accompaniment of the piano, bodhrán and tin whistles. Well done to all first and second year students who performed with such positivity and sense of celebration. All students attended Irish dancing workshops hosted by Sarah Woods who dances with Riverdance! Sarah is from Dundalk, and was very impressed with the enthusiasm shown by all students. On a cross–curricular level, students took part in an Art poster competition, where they created posters illustrating a seanfhocal of their choice. All staff of Coláiste Chú Chulainn made an extra effort to promote ‘an Ghaeilge’ in their classes and during the school day. As the seanfhocal says ‘ Beatha teanga í a labhairt’ (A living language is a spoken language). The highlight of Seachtain na Gaeilge for students was the céilí mór in the halla! Fun was had learning the steps to ‘Ballaí Luimní’, ‘Ionsaí na hInse’ and ‘Amhrán an Dreoilín’. Seachtain na Gaeilge 2016 drew to an end with ‘Bronnadh na nduaiseanna’ (Award ceremony). Bean Uí Liatháin congratulated all students on their involvement in the events and prizes and certificates were presented for the various competitions held during the week. Comhghairdeas to the prizewinners agus maith sibh uilig.
Rinceoir an Lae (Dancing award) – Rachel Yore
Ealaíontóir na Seachtaine (Artist of the week) – Ayo Adesanya & Caitlin Mc Ardle
Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine(Irish speaker of the week) – Marcos Francisco
Tráth na gCeist(Quiz team winners) – Caolán Mc Cabe, Ciarán Johnston, Joseph Mee, Oisín Conroy. (Second Year)
Tráth na gCeist (Quiz team winners) – Hannah Reilly, Ann Reilly, Eimear Markey, Simona Reimane, Karen Nulty. (First Year)
Iníon Ní Chonluain
Local historian Donal Hall gave a talk to students of Coláiste Chú Chulainn on the 1916 Rising. His talk dealt with life for young people in 1916 and Louth's connections to the rising. Students were presented with the reception of the rebels in Louth around the time of the rising and how the memory of the rising has been interpreted between then and now. His engaging talk was very well received and helped enthuse students to discover more about their past.
Two lucky Coláiste Chú Chulainn students attended the National Flag Post-Primary Presentation Ceremony in Croke Park on March the 7th and were presented with a National Flag following an address by President Micheal D Higgins. Leon Browne and Ethan Johnston were accompanied by an tUasal Mac an Iascaire to the GAA HQ where they also witnessed a ceremonial march by army's 12th battalion, a talk by Ryan Tubridy, an historical drama performance and a musical performance by Seo Linn before being awarded their tricolour. Despite the bracing wind, which did make the flag at the event look splendid, the students enjoyed the day and the occasion. The flag will be raised on the 15th of March as part of the National Flag Raising Ceremonies and will be displayed in the school thereafter on a ceremonial wooden flagpole presented to the school by the Tomas F Meagher foundation.
The bag-packing fundraiser of the parents council bore fruits for sports in the school. The soccer team got a glimpse of their snazzy new attire. Jack McKenna was presented with the kit by the Copper Kettle Cafe's Gerry Byrne. The bespoke kit was designed by local company CX+ and the teams are looking forward to representing their school in it. Watch this space for the arrival of an equally stylish GAA kit!