Coláiste Uí Fhiaich – Cullyhanna’s Irish Language Summer Camp 2014

July 21, 2014

Friday 11th July marked the end of Coláiste Uí Fhiaich’s 24th Irish Language Summer Camp. The course began on 1st July for 2 weeks.  This year there were 88 children in attendance between the ages of 5 and 14 years old.  A fantastic time was had by all.  Each day the children learned Irish through practical games (cluichí), ceol (music), damhsa (dance) agus spórt.  On day one of the course the children were divided up into clans representing the four provinces of Ireland.  They were Uladh (Ulster), Mumhan (Munster), Laighean (Leinster) agus Connacht.  Points were gained by speaking in Irish and a willingness to help out with all aspects of the course.

One of the many highlights of this year’s course was the trip to Fun House, Newry and all the children had a super time.  It was a great day’s craic. We would like to thank SELB Youth services for their grant award to help make the trip possible.

Throughout the summer camp, we also had a barbeque, fancy dress day, football and camogie tournaments and a whole lot of fun.  On the last day of the course, the children put on a fantastic Ceolchoirm (Concert) that they should be very proud of.  There was singing, dancing, poetry and music and it just demonstrated the wealth of talent there is among our young people.  Everyone was fantastic but Katie Loughran from Ballymacnab absolutely stole the show when playing her fiddle and then the bagpipes. Our dance, song and musical culture are very safe in the hands of these talented children.  After the concert the presentations were made.

The Tom Rooney Cup is always presented to one student who shines in all aspects of the Summer Camp, speaking Irish when possible, helping out with younger kids etc.  Tom Rooney was a local man from Drumill who had a great grá (love) for everything Irish and he  helped establish the Coláiste Uí Fhiaich in 1991 which was dedicated to Cardinal Tom Ó Fhiaich, another great local man.  Tom Rooney died in 2005 and since then his memory lives on in the hearts  and in the laughter of the young children who attend the Irish Summer School each year, and work hard to achieve the Tom Rooney Cup.  This year, this coveted Cup was awarded to a worthy recipient Aaron Kelly who truly deserved it.  Aaron was very helpful with the younger members of the course and was always very helpful and courteous to all staff members.  Maith thú Aaron!

The Peter John Caraher trophy for the best Irish was awarded to Annie McEntee from Crossmaglen.  Like Tom, Peter John was also a founding member of Coláiste Ui Fhiaich and had a great interest in Irish and in the youth of the locality.  This trophy was presented by Joanne Duffy (Peter John’s daughter) to Annie McEntee from Crossmaglen.  Annie was a very deserving winner as she has been attending the Irish college for many, many years and has always been very very willing to use her Irish and is a great example to her peers!

Presentations were made as  follows:

Class Winners:

Bun Rang:  Padraig Tuite

Meán Rang: Ribh Kelly

Ard Rang: Darragh Loughran

Peil (Football) John Shears team captained by Mr Jack Reel

Camogaíocht (Camogie) Captained by Miss Amy McCooey

Fancy Dress Ben Hearty & Ciara Brennan

Winning Clann – Cúige Laighin

Corn Tom Rooney – Mr Aaron Kelly

Corn Peter John Caraher – Miss Annie McEntee

The Coláiste Uí Fhiaich committee would firstly like to thank the kind and dedicated staff who worked very hard throughout the course, Teresa,  Lisa, Kevin, Aoibheann,  Fergal, Gareth agus Niamh!!  A big thanks to St.Patrick’s GFC, Cullyhanna for the use of their wonderful facility, Fun House, Newry, Eamon Rooney Coaches.  To the parents who have supported us throughout the years and most of all a huge GO RAIBH MAITH AGAIBH to all of the children.  They are a credit to their families and their community and we hope to see you all again next year which will be our 25th year.  Have a lovely and safe summer.  Slán Slán!!