Gaeltacht Trip 2018

Gaeltacht Trip 2018

PHOTO ALBUM - Gaeltacht Trip 2018

After a slightly delayed 8:30 (9:00) start, we were off to the wilderness that is Coláiste Chú Chulainn, Gaoth Dobhair. ‘Buachaillí agus cailíní’, alike went ‘chun Gaeilge a fhoghlaim le spórt agus spraoi’.

The first stop was Glenveagh, where we walked and walked, and walked some more in the sun to Glenveagh castle. There was a lot of ‘uachtar reoití’ bought and we toured the gardens. Then it was onto the bus and on to the ‘tithe’ where we were greeted by our ‘Bean an Tís’ and a lovely lunch. After lunch we had ‘ranganna’ in the sun with the company of some questionable dogs….The céilí of musical statues and the €20 ‘duais’ was won by a mad shuffle up and down the hall.

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Fáinne Awards 2018

Fainne CCS

Fáinne Awards photo album

Over the last few weeks, our current first years have been taking part in the Fáinne Awards. Wearing a Fáinne symbolises your link to the Irish language. An Fáinne is worn to show that you are able to and are willing to speak Irish. The Silver Fáinne is suitable for those who have a basic ability in Irish. The Gold Fáinne indicates that you are a fluent Irish speaker. The 'Cúpla Focal' badge is available to those with a small amount of Irish who are proud of the cúpla focal they have. We had a great uptake in the Fáinne Awards with approximately 90 Fáinne Airgids and Cúpla Focals handed out. That’s nearly 10% of the school! We also had 4 talented senior students awarded the Fáinne Óir. Overall it was a great success. Maith sibh go léir! As the old saying goes 'Beatha teanga í a labhairt!'

Seachtain na Gaeilge


Seachtain na Gaeilge photo album

SNAG 2018 was a huge success this year with many events taking place for our students. The celebrations started off with our 5th yr higher level classes having a Tráth na gCeist in the Áras. The competition was tough and the questions even tougher but the winners were Jack Leddy, Jack McLaughlin, Lee McLaughlin and Jason Lynch. Well done to Mr McCafferty the quizmaster and his team of TY correctors! We had poster competitions, spelling competitions, games, singing, decorating and much more so well done to all students and teachers on promoting our native language.

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Irish Public Speaking Success for CCS

Irish Public Speaking CCS

Congratulations to the Irish Public Speaking Team who represented the School in the Gael Linn Public Speaking Competition 'Abair' in Cultúrlann Ui Chanáin, Derry on February 20th. The team consisted of Ellen Simmons, Eimear Smith, Sally Mc Kenna and Finn Devenny. Comhghairdeas to winners Eimear Smith and Sally Mc Kenna who progress to the Ulster Final to be held later this year.

Irish Oral Workshop

Irish Oral Workshop

Irish Oral Workshop photo album

On Wednesday, 22nd November, 6th year Irish students were treated to an interactive workshop when Highrock Productions visited the school. 'Caith Amach É,' a Leaving Cert Irish Oral Show and Workshop has toured over 200 schools in 24 counties in Ireland. It has been seen by over 40,000 students.

The show covered the 20 dreaded Sraith Pictiúir through a series of comedic sketches and songs and really brought the material to life. After the sketch show the company gave a talk to all students offering tips/memory techniques in preparation for the cómhra. It was clear from the wealth of laughter and applause that all students in attendance enjoyed themselves thoroughly. We look forward to welcoming Highrock Productions back next year for another hilarious yet informative production.

Seachtain na Gaeilge Celebrations at CCS

Ceili Mor 2017

Seachtain na Gaeilge (overall) photo album

"Beatha an teanga, í a labhairt" mar a dhéarfá.

Seachtain na Gaeilge is one of the biggest celebrations of our Irish language. It is an annual event which takes place over a two week period during the month of March. In Carndonagh Community School an exciting programme of events was underway, with students from 1st to 5th year enjoying the various different activities. Tráth na gceist, Céilí, bingo games, spelling bees, photography competitions and creative crafts were woven into the week's schedule to mark Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Seachtain na Gaeilge Prizegiving photos

Over 90 1st year students took part in our Fáinne scheme and were awarded with fáinní airgid and cúpla focal badges to show their achievements and oral proficiency in Irish so far. On Thursday afternoon all first year students took part in a Céilí mór in the Áras and enjoyed an afternoon of dance, Irish music and culture. 1st year music students played a few tunes and TY Irish dancers impressed with their fancy footwork. It was a lovely way to end Seachtain na Gaeilge Celebrations here in the school. Ten junior students also attended a music/Irish workshop in Gaelcholáiste Chineal Eoghain Buncrana with Irish band Seo Linn.

Céilí Mór photo album

One of the highlights proved to be the TY and 5th Year Turas chun na Gaeltachta. 68 Students travelled to Coláiste Chu Chulainn Gaoth Dobhair for a three day taster course from Monday 13th to Wednesday 15th March. Students took part in Irish language classes, singing and céilí dancing at the coláiste and were treated to an array of outdoor activities including kayaking, wall climbing, a visit to Glenveagh Castle, Ionad Cois Locha Dun Luiche and a hike up Mount Errigal. Many of our students have already booked to return for the 2-week summer course.

Gaeltacht Trip photo album

Comhghairdeas to all who participated in the week's events.