Annually the Irish Department at Sacred Heart, actively seek to promote and celebrate ár dteanga dhúchais, ár gcultúr agus ár n-oidhreacht, and this year certainly proved to be no different.
A fundraising raffle was organised to raise money for Gaeltacht Scholarships at Sacred Heart and the Irish department were overwhelmed by the generosity of the Sacred Heart community in supporting this initiative. Through their efforts the Irish Department were able to raise an impressive £1,400. Our thanks to the many local businesses who generously sponsored prizes.
Sponsors of the Raffle
The annual Ceolchoirm na Gaeilge took place where an emphasis was placed on the importance of language, culture, identity and pride of place. The audience were treated to a wealth of talent from singing to traditional Irish dancing, showcasing the wonderful talents of our students.
The Sacred Heart community was delighted to welcome a delegation of Polish visitors to this celebration and a presentation was made to commemorate their visit to our school.
An Irish mass was celebrated by School Chaplain Fr Murphy in celebration of the feast of St Patrick.
Annual Gaeltacht Residential trip to Ranafast, Co. Donegal
To conclude the celebrations for Seachtain na Gaeilge 2019 – Sacred Heart GCSE & AS Irish students accompanied by staff enjoyed another successful trip to Ranafast in the Donegal Gaeltacht. Over the 4-day residential programme the students attended Irish Classes and enjoyed a range of team building exercises including participating in a mud run, while also tasting the rich cultures and traditions of the local area including céilí dancing and traditional Irish music. The AS Irish students enjoyed a visit to the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta students in Derrybeg and contributed to a live broadcast. This was a collaborative event organised by the Irish Department at Sacred Heart Grammar School in conjunction with St. Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel, St. Paul’s High School, Bessbrook, St. Mark’s High School, Warrenpoint, Abbey CBS, Newry and St. Patrick;s College, Banbridge.