THERE was great excitement in Clochán-Bréannainn last Thursday when Daidí na Nollag visited the local Grúpa Súgradh in Halla Le Chéile where the little ones, accompanied by their parents, were delighted to welcome the great man to Cloghane.
The Grúpa Sugradh is operated as part of Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne's Scéim Tús Maith, which encourages the use of Irish from a young age through play, song and other activities. The group, which includes parents, babies and toddlers of up to three years of age from the locale, is operated 'as Gaeilge' every Thursday morning from 11am to 12.30pm. Irish classes are also operated on a weekly basis in Halla Le Chéile.
Máire De Bharóid of Tús Maith said the group is very important, not only for the development of Irish, but also to provide an informal social space where children and parents can meet and mingle. She thanked locals for their support of the group's fundraising table quiz in O'Donnells in Cloghane last month.
"Tá an ghrúpa seo chomh tábhtacht i dtaobh saol soisialta an cheanntar, dos na tuismitheoirí agus na leanaí. Tá an ghrúpa oscailte do gach éinne agus bimíd i gconaí ag foghlaim óna chéile," dúirt sí