Abbey CBS Newry Grammar School

The Abbey Grammar School
77a, Ashgrove Road
Co Down, BT34 1QN
N Ireland
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Seachtain na Gaeilge

Date Posted: 9th March 2017

Next week is Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish language week) throughout Ireland.  This national event culminates in the various St. Patrick’s Day celebrations across the country.  The Irish Department will be organising a series of events across the school to mark Seachtain na Gaeilge.  The Christian Brothers played a key role in the Irish language revival in the late 1800s and were the first to teach Irish in their schools in the town of Newry at that time. Throughout the last century the Brothers worked tirelessly to promote the language and  foster a sense of identity and affinity with the language in generations of Abbey students. Next week we hope to raise awareness of the role played by the Brothers in the revival and survival of the Irish language in this community and place the Irish language at the heart of our school for the duration of Seachtain na Gaeilge.


Clár na Seachtaine:


Aoine 10ú Márta (10/03/17): the AS Irish students will take part in the Scoil Dramaíocht Festival (for the first time in 13 years), with their performance of ‘An Scrúdú Béil’ by former Head of Irish, Sean Mc Clorey.


Luan 13ú Márta   (13/03/17):


  • Tionól na nGaeilgeoirí: The Abbey’s Seachtain na Gaeilge will be officially launched by our former pupil and recently elected national president of Conradh Na Gaeilge, Niall Comer.  Niall will address the first ever Tionól na nGaeilgeoirí (Irish Speakers assembly) between 9.00 and 9.15am.


  • 15am: Tráth na gCeist– All Year 8s will be in the hall until break time for a fun quiz.  Year 8 subject teachers are not needed for supervision but are most welcome to join us


  • 15am: Leacht AS– Niall Comer will speak to AS Irish students about the opportunities for Irish speakers in 3rd Level education.


  • 25am- Bonnóga sa seomra foirne- Treats in the staff room to mark the beginning of Seachtain na Gaeilge.


  • 00pm: Ceardlann- Louise Smith from NMDC will deliver a workshop to A-level Irish students on the Irish Language Broadcast media.



Máirt 14ú Márta (14/03/17):  GAELball: Third years will use an Irish lesson to play 5 a side through the medium of Irish.  The winners will go forward to represent their class in the 3rd Year finals.  The finals will be recorded and commentary will be provided by third year pupils in the Irish Language.


Céadaoin 15ú Márta (15/03/17):  All Year 11 and Year 12 Irish pupils will go to the hall for a performance of An Scrudú Béil, period 9.  Those teaching Years 11 and 12 at that time are welcome to join us.


Deardaoin 16ú Márta (16/03/17):  


  • 15am: Céilí– All Year 9s will be in the hall until break time for a Céílí.  Year 9 subject teachers are not needed for supervision but are most welcome to join us.
  • 25am: Céol trádisiúnta– A2 pupils will provide live traditional music in the canteen.
  • 50am: Babtha Ceannais 5 a taobh– The final of the class 5 a side GAELball.


We look forward to everyone getting involved in the celebrations next week,


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