PRIMARY SCHOOLS GATHER IN DROGHEDA ON MIDSUMMERS DAY FOR ‘CAS AMHRÁN’
Almost 1,500 students from 22 schools across Drogheda and surrounding areas came together to participate in ‘Cas Amhrán’ on -THURSDAY 21stof June in the O’Raghallaigh’s GAA club as part of the youth programme for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.
The ‘Cas Amhrán’ initiative involved primary school students learning6 chosen songs as gaeilgein school over the past few months which they performed on the day. Aston Village ETNS treated the participants to some tunes from their school Trad Group, while 12 pupils from Scoil Aonghusa, led by Máire Ní Cholim, sang Rince Philib a’ Cheoil’. The event, hosted by Sean O’Laoire, from Co. Meath was aimed at increasing children’s awareness of Irish culture and tradition and encouraging them to immerse themselves in this year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.
Orla Brannigan, Cathaoirleach of the Fleadh Youth Committee said: “I have been overwhelmed but not surprised by the numbers taking part in the event. The commitment and interest shown by the children at the outset and the encouragement and support provided by their teachers was a sure recipe for the success of ‘Cas Amhrán’. At the heart of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 is family and community and today’s performance by all the children epitomised that spirit of community”.
‘Cas Amhrán’ will be featured on the Gig Rig on Wednesday 15thAugust when the children the children are invited to bring along their families as part of an exciting and varied programme of events tailored for families and young people.
Further information on Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is available on the Fleadh website at www.fleadhcheoil.ie