Happy campers 'As Gaeilge'

Published 02/08/2014 | 00:00

Children from the ages of four right up to 18 enjoyed the beauty of the Irish language recently as they took part in Glór Cheatharlach's summer programmes for children and teenagers.

The camp took place over three weeks in July and saw the children take part in a variety of activities and a fun filled programme 'as Gaeilge'.

Junior Campa na nÓg was the camp for children and it was held in Naíonra Cheatharlach, where almost 20 little children enjoyed a wide variety of fun activities through Irish including arts and crafts, imaginative play, sports and games. As well as this they enjoyed trips to the town park and dancing in St Fiacc's Hall, as well as a bouncy castle and a bus trip to The Big Blue Barn entertainment centre where they had great fun.

Campa Samhraidh for 7-12 year-olds attracted around 50 participants and also enjoyed a varied programme. 'It's important to have plenty of variety, particularly when the programme is delivered through Irish,' said Bríde de Róiste. Among the activities were arts and crafts, dance, a visit from Deirdre of Dogs Trust Ireland, swimming, a trip to Kilkenny Castle and a trip to Castlecomer Discovery Park.

Finally Coláiste Samhraidh attracted a total of sixty students between the ages of 12 and 18 who hoped to improve their Irish for upcoming state exams. Now in its sixth year, the summer college offers teenagers the opportunity to attend a course locally rather than travel to Connemara, West Kerry or Donegal.The daily timetable consisted of Irish conversation and grammar classes, sport and games, Irish singing and the ever-popular Céilí sessions all conducted 'as Gaeilge'.

Delighted with the tremendous success of their summer programme, Emma and Bríde of Glór Cheatharlach thanked all the teachers and group leaders and said it had been a most worthwhile and rewarding experience. The immediately announced that a similar programme of events will be on offer next summer. Full details will be announced in January 2015 and available on www.glorcheatharlach.ie

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