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Click HERE to view Coirm festival 


Click on Application Form above to enter.
Last date for applications is 15 December 2017 and only one show per school is permitted.


Coirm festivals are organised throughout the country in theatres with first class facilities. Each school performs a variety show of no more than 20 minutes duration. Children participating may come from different classes and there is no age limit. To ensure a festive spirit on the day every group is expected to stay and watch some of the other schools' performances. To enhance their enjoyment of the day Gael Linn provide a short performance by professional artistes at each festival. To ensure an Irish language ethos at the festivals, Coirm is aimed primarily at Gaeltacht schools and Gaelscoileanna. However, other primary schools are invited to participate if the pupils are prepared to make a commitment to speak Irish at all times. Coirm aims to promote the use of Irish among primary school pupils by providing a stage for them to display their talents in a non-competitive Irish-speaking environment.


Each show must be a performance of no more than 20 minutes and may include a variety of elements i.e. music, song, dance, recitation etc. The one golden rule is that each show must include at least seven minutes of Irish language content, either sung or spoken, or both. A show, for example, with just music and dance is not acceptable. The use of English, or the playing of English songs on tape is not allowed. Shows normally consist of plays, musicals, cabarets or scoraíochtaí. For safety reasons a maximum of 60 children is allowed in any show. There is no minimum number and smaller groups are more than welcome. For safety reasons also, teachers are advised not to include children from the infant classes. Teachers/adults may provide musical accompaniment for the children from backstage. If stage props are to be used they must be free standing. Groups are expected to take no more than 5 – 7 minutes to prepare the stage before their show. A video of a  Coirm festival can be viewed above.


A number of Coirm festivals will be organised nationwide in February/March 2018. The following are the venues and dates for this year's festivals.

Wednesday 7 February 2018 - Fermoy Youth Theatre, Fermoy
Thursday 8 February 2018 - St Michael's Theatre, New Ross
Wednesday 21 February 2018 -  Clasach Theatre, Fairview, Dublin
Tuesday 27 February 2018 - Hawks Well Theatre, Sligo
Wednesday 28 February 2018  - Market Place Theatre, Armagh
Thursday 1 March 2018 -  Arts Centre, Mullingar
Friday 2 March 2018 - Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal
Monday/Tuesday 5/6 March 2018 - Town Hall Theatre, Galway
Tuesday 13 March 2018 - Siamsa Tíre, Tralee

• 10.30 a.m. Variety Show 1
• 11.00 a.m. Variety Show 2
• 11.30 a.m. Variety Show 3
• 12.00 noon Variety Show 4
• 12.45 p.m. Presentation of Awards (Schools who performed in morning session depart, schools for evening session arrive)
• 1.30 p.m. Variety Show 5
• 2.00 p.m. Variety Show 6
• 2.30 p.m. Variety Show 7
• 3.00 p.m. Variety Show 8
• 3.45 p.m. Presentation of Awards(In places where there are less than 8 schools taking part the festival is organised in one session rather than two).


Coirm is not a competition. However an adjudicator is present at each festival. He/she provides each school with a critique on their performance. The adjudicator also chooses a number of outstanding performances from the shows that are deserving of special merit awards. The adjudicator has the freedom to award as many as he/she feels are deserved on the day. Every effort is made to ensure that every school taking part receives at least one award.


Gael Linn reserves the right to use any photographic or video material recorded at Gael Linn events in future publicity. Gael-Linn's Public Liability Insurance Policy covers all of our events. At these events, however, Gael Linn is a facilitator rather than a supervisor and children must at all times be under the supervision of a teacher or adult nominated by their school or organisation.


Seán Ó Ceallaigh, Gael Linn, 35 Sráid an Dáma, Baile Átha Cliath 01.6753299 R-phost: seanc@gael-linn.ie


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