The assembly was the usual sea of green for our St. Patrick’s Day festivities – and it felt a little extra special this also being the year of the 1916 celebrations. We had the usual riotous time – fifth class competed for supremacy in the Haka Gaelach (an Irish version of the Haka) and both 6th classes amused us greatly with their Irish plays.
Fiona Geis danced a soft shoe and a hard shoe dance and was rewarded with thundering rounds of applause. We had a quiet moment or two – parent Verena Sheehan played two lovely airs for us on a traditional harp, the choir sang some Irish songs and Mr Swaine sang an Irish ballad while playing the guitar. One of the highlights was the annual ‘Saighdiúirí’ competition in which children from 5th and 6th must follow complex commands in Irish. If they make a mistake – they’re out. Natalya McCullagh-Travers from 5A was the deserving winner! Lots of children and parents contributed to our annual GOAL collection and we raised €470 for this deserving charity.
Many thanks to all who worked so hard to make it a success.