Students on song at Munster Scléip awards
CELEBRATIONS were in order at Tralee's Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí last week as the several groups of students from the school triumphed at the Munster Scléip Talent Show, which was held in Cork's Firkin Crane Theatre.
Scléip is a talent show that is exclusive to Irish speaking schools, requiring that entrants express originality and must not reproduce pre-existing material.
Teacher at Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí, Michelle Dalton, expressed her delight at the school's success in four categories of the competition.
"It was an outstanding achievement, we were thrilled with the wins. All other students who represented the school performed brilliantly also. They're all brilliant people to work with".
Ms Dalton also commented on the benefit of the exclusivity of the competition to Irish-speaking schools.
"It's nice to see Irish being used so creatively. Most of the students here don't speak Irish at home, and haven't come from Irish speaking Primary Schools, so it's wonderful that they have gained the ability to perform through Irish".
Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí's winners were as follows:
Annascaul's Seamus Ó Beoláin was triumphant in the Solo Modern Music category.
The Rock Music Group category was won by Listowel's Seosamh Gráinne, Killarney's Macdara de Bhailís, and Tralee's Cathal Ó Síochaín and Seamus Ó Conchúir.
Castlegregory's Tara Ní Dhuinnín was successful in the Contemporary Dance category.
The Drama category consisted of Transition Year students Gearóid Ó Gealbhain, Cian Ó Coirc, Dara Ó Caoimh-Ceallaigh, Jack Mac Coitir, Jenny Ní Mhuircheartaigh, and Megan Nic Ionarchtaigh.
These winners will progress to the Scléip All Ireland Finals in Dublin on March 9.
In addition to this, Hothouse Flowers band member Fiachna Ó Braonáin interviewed Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí's students for his radio show recently, as well as taking some of the school's Scléip entrants to the KDYS to perform their songs in a recording studio.