Sunday 25 August 2019

Craic as Gaeilge is a first for Kilbrin

Sheila Fitzgerald

Kilbrin children enjoyed an educational and fun filled activity camp when the Parents Association of Scoil Eoin Baiste hosted Spraoi 2019 at the school last week.

With funding in place from Foras na Gaeilge, it was full steam ahead for a summer camp as Gaeilge for 4-12 year olds. 

The funding was utilised to employ a team of two teachers and two ceannaires (assistants) from the Duhallow area who did great work in encouraging the children to speak and enjoy using the Irish language.  Gaeltacht-native Damien Mac Cárthaigh, who teaches in St. Patrick's National School, Mallow, brought his great sports skills to Spraoi 2019 and kept the children active and happy all week long. 

Meanwhile, Knocknagree man Labhrás Ó hIcí, who teaches at Gaelscoil Thomáis Daibhís in Mallow, brought the camp alive with his wonderful music and singing talent. 

Ceannaires Nadine Lyons and Stephanie O'Connor, both students in Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, added a wide variety of games, dance and art ideas to the camp. 

The Chairperson and Secretary of Scoil Eoin Baiste Parents Association Committee, Brenda Cryan and Rosarie O'Reilly, worked in a voluntary capacity as Spraoi 2019 co-ordinators, and were delighted with the positive feedback from parents and children alike.

"The Parents Association are very grateful to Foras na Gaeilge for the funding, to the Diocese of Cloyne and the Board of Management of the school, in particular Chairperson Dónal O'Mahony, for the use of the school premises, and to Kilbrin GAA and Kilbrin Community Council for their assistance, and for making their facilities available during the camp," said Rosarie O'Reilly. 

"It was a community-wide effort to make Kilbrin's first ever Irish language summer camp a huge success - hopefully to be repeated in 2020!"