day in St Eunan's College !
Letterkenny, 24 November 2014 - On the 11th of November) the Student Council of St Eunan's College got involved in Gaeilge24, a nationwide campaign to promote the use and love of the Irish Language! Gaeilge24 has been organised by Conradh na Gaeilge for the past three years; its aim is to "inspire young people to speak Irish for 24 hours: at home, at school, in shops, with businesses, around their hometown, in sports clubs, at youth clubs and everywhere else too!", and it has most certainly done that in St Eunan's College!
Gaeilge24 was brought to the attention of the Student Council in early October, when one of the members saw a Tweet from the Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs promoting Gaeilge24, and encouraging students and schools to take part!
The day was a huge success, with one hundred students officially taking part and many more using Gaeilge in any and every way the could: "Ba mhaith le Roinn na Gaeilge comhghairdeachas a dhéanamh le na daltaí uilig a ghlac páirt i nGaeilge 24. Rinne gach dalta sár-iarracht an Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn agus í a spreagadh i measc daltaí uile na scoile. Comhghairdeachas fosta le Comhairle na Mac Léinn as scoth na hoibre in eagrú na hocáide agus as atmaisféar Gaelach a
chnithiú sa scoil ar an lá sin. (The Irish Department would like to congratulate every student who took part in Gaeilge 24. Every student did their absolute best which inspired all the students of the school. Congratulations as well to the Student Council, for their work in the organisation of Gaeilge24.)" - Ms Diane Sweeney, teacher and head of the Department of Irish
at St Eunan's College!
The Irish language is very important to the Student Council and management of St Eunan's College. "It's the first and official language of Ireland, and though that doesn't mean as much as it used to, we still felt the responsibility to promote the language in our halls, to our students and ultimately to their families. Irish, and all Celtic Languages are very unique. Our feeling towards the Student Council can be summed up in an old Irish proverb - Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam - that is,
a country without a language is a country without a soul. We have an immense sense of pride in our language and country, and it really was a no-brainer to get involved in a campaign that would promote the irish language in such a fun way," added Ayrton Kelly on behalf of the Student Council!
The day itself saw "seanfhocail" and phrases put up throughout the school so that all students could be immersed in the Irish Language. There was also a quiz at lunchtime, and a prize at the end of the day for students who made the best effort - as chosen by the staff of the College. The Student Council would like to thank all the Irish teachers of St Eunan's who were so supportive, and in particular to Ms Martina Gormley who helped an unparalleled amount with everything, and to Ms Una Ní Fhatharta and Ms Máire Ioannidis who organised the quiz!
Níos mó eolas ar Gaeilge24 ar suíomh Conradh na Gaeilge.