Up to 500 young actors from 17 schools from around Galway took place in Coirm Gael Linn’s two day Irish language music, dance, and drama festival in the Town Hall Theatre, Galway, recently.
The schools came from as far apart as Ballinasloe, Athenry, Renmore, and Leitir Mealláin to demonstrate their acting, musical, and dance abilities. Although not a competition the shows were reviewed by Marc Mac Lochlain and awards were made on the basis of merit individual and team acting.
“Coirm Gael Linn has played a central role in the national school diary since 2002,” said organisation member Sean Ó Ceallaigh. “We will have staged nine festivals involving 3,500 students before the end of this month. Through providing entertaining platforms such as this Gael Linn hopes to inspire the pupils’ interest in the Irish language and a chance to practise it outside the classroom.”
Schools that participated and received awards include Scoil Náisiúnta Leitir Mealláin; Scoil Mhuire, An Tuairín; Scoil Bhríde, Leitir Caladh; Scoil Cholmcille, Leitir Móir; Scoil Chaitríona, An Rinn Mhór; Gaelscoil de hÍde, Uarán Mór; Scoil Mhuire, Turlach Beag, Ros Muc; Scoil Bhriocáin, Gort Mór; Scoil Thír an Fhia; Scoil Bhríde, Mionlach; Gaelscoil Uí Cheithearnaigh, Béal Átha na Slua; Scoil Leitir Mucú, Camus; Gaelscoil Riada, Baile Átha an Rí; Scoil Cholmcille, Ros a’Mhíl; Scoil Éinne, An Spidéal; Scoil Mhic Dara, An Cheathrú Rua.