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Gael Linn Announces New Schools Programme

Gael Linn, an organisation which promotes and fosters the Irish language across the country, has just announced a brand new programme of events and activities for schools.

Aimed at both primary and second-level schools the programme covers a wide range of topics and will run throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

The Irish language organisation aims to “inspire and encourage pupils to use whatever Irish they have both inside and outside the classroom”, it does this through participation in traditional music and song, debates and public speaking and school variety and talent shows.

The programme of events begins in October with the well-known Gael Linn debating competitions kicking off – Comórtas Uí Chadhain for Irish medium schools and Comórtas an Phiarsaigh for all other schools.

The closing date for entry to Comórtas Uí Chadhain is September 18th while the closing date to be part of Comórtas an Phiarsaigh is September 25th with the first round heats taking place nationwide next month.

Music and drama are at the heart of Scléip, the contemporary talent competition for All-Irish second level schools. The competition provides a platform for aspiring rock and pop bands, singers, dancer and actors while Siansa Gael Linn is regarded as one of the most prestigious competitions in the country for teenage traditional musicians and singer.

The final of the popular Siansa Gael Linn competition traditionally takes place in the National Concert Hall every April.

Gael Linn will also host Gaelbhratach as part of the 2017-2018 programme. This is an innovative scheme for both primary and second level schools, with the aim of promoting the Irish language in a “structured, planned and enjoyable way”. It rewards the efforts made by schools, not only in the classroom, but throughout the whole school community.

The Irish language organisation has plans to make a number of publications available specifically for Leaving and Junior Certificate examination classes – Dréimire and Staighre – along with Splanc for transition year students.

There are several Gaeltacht courses running in Dublin Donegal and Cork throughout Summer 2018.

In addition to the schools’ programme Gael Linn will host intervarsity debates and ‘maidens’ competitions for third-level students, along with Bréagchúirt Uí Dhálaigh, an Irish language Moot Court competition, during the academic year.

Gael Linn also distributes ‘An Fáinne’, a ring pin worn as a symbol of being able to, and willing, to speak Irish – there are three different types to choose from, according to language ability.

For more information about Gael Linn or this programme of events visit the website www.gael-linn.ie.

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