Some 70 secondary schools throughout the country will proudly fly the Gaelbhratach flag awarded to them recently in recognition of their work in promoting the Irish language ! They received the flags at a presentation ceremony in the Pavilion in Leopardstown Racecourse on Tuesday, 21 May at which the marvellous achievements of thousands of pupils, their teachers and their wider school community, were marked. The flags were presented to them by well- known TG4 weather presenter Caitlín Nic Aoidh.
The Gaelbhratach scheme is operated by Gael Linn in both primary and secondary schools throughout the country, with funding from Foras na Gaeilge and the Dept. of Education and Skills. Gaelbhratach co-ordinator at second level, Edel Ní Bhraonáin, said schools should be very proud of what they had accomplished: “It takes huge commitment and a lot of hard work for schools to be awarded the Gaelbhratach. They have many targets to attain and their work must be documented and verified throughout the schoolyear”. She also acknowledged the support of Conradh na Gaeilge and Glór na nGael in organising the scheme.
The event was co-hosted by renowned spoken-word artist, Ciara Ní É and TG4 presenter, Eoghan Ó Loideáin. The popular West Kerry group ‘Scannal’ entertained the hundreds of young people with their exuberant style of music, and there was plenty of dancing and singing throughout !
Chairman of Foras na Gaeilge, Pól Ó Gallchóir and Antoine Ó Coileáin, CEO, Gael Linn, thanked the teachers for their support of the scheme within their schools. Mr. Ó Coileáin also announced
that, thanks to additional funding from the Department of Education and Skills, Gael Linn hope to accept more schools from the waiting lists of the many schools wishing to join the scheme.
An láithreoir aimsire ó TG4, Caitlín Nic Aoidh i mbun cainte leis an slua!
Antoine Ó Coileáin, Príomhfheidhmeannach Gael Linn, Pól Ó Gallchóir, Cathaoirleach Fhoras na Gaeilge agus Caitlín Nic Aoidh TG4 ag bronnadh Gaelbhratach ar scoláirí ó Phobalscoil Ghort Inse Guaire, Co na Gaillimhe (thuas) agus ar scoláirí ó Choláiste Ailigh, Leitir Ceanainn (thíos).