Coláiste na Sceilge students complete 24-hour Irish-speaking marathon

A major secondary school on the cusp of the county's southernmost Gaeltacht is campaigning hard to support the native tongue with some of its youngest students going very far indeed ar son na Gaeilge.

First year students of the Lán-Ghaeilge (all-Irish) Aonad class at Coláiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen took part in Gaeilge 24 last week, an innovative and fun campaign established by Conradh na Gaeilge that sees students speaking nothing but Irish for the 24 hours of its duration.

The campaign was established by the Conradh to promote the spoken language among students across the country and this was Coláiste na Sceilge's first year taking part in it. Teacher Eimear Ní Mhurchú who dirtects the Aonad Lán Gaeilge said it is something they hope to develop into the future.

"We have children from both inside and outside the Gaeltacht attending the Aonad Lán Gaeilge here in Iveragh and it is a wonderful opportunity for these students to complete their second level education through the medium of Irish something that they could not have done prior to the establishment of Aonad Lán Gaeilge na Sceilge back in the year 2000," Eimear said, adding:

"The growth and success of the Aonad has been growing year-on-year and is something that is very encouraging to see in an area such as Iveragh where our population is decreasing but the love for the Irish language seems to be thriving."