To begin our annual celebrations of Seachtain na Gaeilge, a number of Year 11 and Year 13 Irish students completed a 4-day residential programme in the heart of the Gaeltacht. During their stay in Ranafast Co. Donegal, students attended language classes and participated in a broad range of team building activities while experiencing the rich Gaelic traditions still very much alive in the area. This was a collaborative event involving students from other Schools in the Area Learning Community and beyond.
As part of the Seachtain na Gaeilge celebrations Irish Mass was celebrated by our School Chaplain Fr. Colum Murphy in St. Clare’s Hall marking the feast of St. Patrick. This was attended by GCSE and A-Level Irish students.
The Annual Irish concert took place in St. Clare’s Hall on Friday 16th March. At this event Junior students were treated to a wealth of talent and entertainment on stage ranging from traditional Irish dancing to tradition music. Each of the Year 10 Irish classes treated their audience to an Irish cover of well-known Pop Songs.
At this event the Irish Department presented ‘Fáinní Óir’ to each of the Year 14 Irish students in recognition of their achievement and commitment to the Irish Language over their seven-year journey at Sacred Heart.
Similarly, ‘Cúpla Focal’ badges were presented to students from each of the Junior Irish Classes in recognition of commitment and improvement in Irish.
The Irish Department also took this opportunity to acknowledge the many years of service and dedication of Mrs Dorins to the Irish Department. Students presented Mrs Dorins with a bouquet of flowers and wished her well in her forthcoming retirement.