Bradley celebrates local All-Ireland successes 

May 11, 2010

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh and party spokesperson on education, Dominic Bradley, has congratulated Our Lady’s School, Newry on their success in the All-Ireland Schools’ Irish Language Drama Festival.  

Commenting on the outcome of the competition, Mr Bradley said: “This is a great achievement for the pupils and staff of Our Lady’s involved in the production of ‘Lios na Sí’ (The Fairy Fort), which was written and produced by the staff of the school’s Irish Department, and I heartily congratulate all involved on their success.

“An Cumann Scoildrámaíochta gives pupils the opportunity to develop their acting skills alongside their oral Irish ability encouraging confident and fluency in both areas.  The work is done outside the classroom context as an extra-curricular activity and requires diligence and dedication to gain All-Ireland success.”

Mr Bradley also congratulated the local traditional music group ‘Ioscaid’ which won success in the Gael-Linn musical competition, Siansa.  The group took the trophy for first place and a cheque for 2,500 euro.

The members of the winning group who proved to be masters of their individual instruments were Déaglán Mag Aoidh; Ciaran Ó hAnnaidh; Diarmuid Ó Maolchalainn; Fiontán Ó Maolchalainn; Niall Mac Murchú agus NiallMacRiocaird.

“All of these young people have brought enormous honour to our local area and we are all very proud of their achievements,” Mr Bradley added.