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Thursday 17 April 2014

Gaelscoil enjoys brilliant birthday

Máire Bean Uí Chonchúir founder of the Gaelscoil in Listowel is pictured with current students Alexa de Baróid, Dáibhín Léid, Isobel de Staic at an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the school. Photo: Ann McNamee

A GIANT birthday cake, accompanied by music, song and dance as well as a Ministerial visit was the fitting mode of celebration for Gaelscoil Lios Tuathail's 20th birthday on Friday.

A GIANT birthday cake, accompanied by music, song and dance as well as a Ministerial visit was the fitting mode of celebration for Gaelscoil Lios Tuathail's 20th birthday on Friday.

It was definitely a case of lá breithe shona for the school as it erupted in a fantastic display of colour and talent.

Pupils put on a highly-entertaining show for special guest, Arts and Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan as he paid tribute to the work of the Gaelscoil community down the years.

Established in 1993, it opened with only seven students. 20 years on and one hundred more students are enrolled with the school an integral part of the educational infrastructure of Listowel.

Parents' Council organiser Jill Carey said the birthday celebration was a wonderful moment in which to take stock of the school's story so far.

"I think one of the big attractions for parents is, of course, the Irish language and the grounding given the pupils in it through all-Irish education," Jill said. "But there's far more than that as the Gaelscoil is also a small school in which all the pupils know, and seem to look out for, one another. My boys Ben and Cian are in Junior and Senior infants and they love it in the school, running out the door in the mornings!"

Meanwhile, Minister Deenihan and parents were deeply impressed by the level of talent in the primary.

Indeed, two of those who sang on Friday, Kelsey Baróid and Caoímhe Léid, were also selected to perform at the launch of Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí in Ballybunion on Saturday.

Founded by Máire Bean Uí Conchuir and Conradh na Gaeilge in 1993, the Gaelscoil has come a long way with fantastic foundations laid for the next 20 years of its existence and far beyond.

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