'Christmas is the best time of the year'
"In my primary school, Scoil Chearbhaill ui Dhalaigh in Leixlip, to celebrate the start of Christmas and the end of term, every class would put on a Christmas play, says Dearbhla Hopper.
"Everybody had a part, no matter how bad you were.
"We would all be practising for at least two weeks and that would be everybody's favourite part because it would mean no school work.
"They would pick people to paint the background or help get the costumes. And the costumes were one of the good parts about it, because everybody loved dressing up. I was one of the Three Wise Men.
"The first time we performed would be in front of the school – and then, the parents. Everybody was always so worried about doing it, but it would always go perfectly.
"After each year had done their play, a small group that played Irish music would play.
"We would all sit and wait for the last group to finish, because then it was time for the Christmas holidays. It was the best time of the school year."
Dearbhla Hopper is a transition-year student at Colaiste Cois Life