Labhair Gaeilge Liom: 15 Samhain 2017

Great fun was had by all as Manor House students took part in 'Gaeilge 24' on Wednesday 15 November. Students were sponsored to speak Irish for a day. They got 'Gaeilge 24' t-shirts and wrist bands and learned Irish songs for the Lá Mór Gaeilge. Each year assembled in the lecture theatre where they watched a short film as Gaeilge and then the fun started. First they sang 'Bí i do thost is damhsa liom' followed by Stitches as Gaeilge. There were competition sing-offs and dancing and there was lots of Gaeilge. It was delightful to see the willingness of students to take part and their enthusiasm to speak Irish.  Míle buíochas le gach duine a ghlac páirt.

Seachtain na Gaeilge: Clár Raidio (8 Márta 2017)

A group of TY students, guided by Ms Ní Ghallchóir,  recorded their radio programme 'as Gaeilge' for Seachtain na Gaeilge on 8 March. 

 

Roinn na Gaeilge: The Irish Department

As Seachtain na Gaeilge and the 1916 Commemorations approach the Irish Department in Manor House is a hub of activity.

On Fri 11 March we once again welcome the hilarious High Rock Productions team of Seán and Niall Mc Donagh to the school. They will do two shows for us based on the Sraith Pictiúr. One for 6th years in the morning and one for TY students in the afternoon. Each show is followed by a workshop on the Sraith Pictiúr where students get to act out the events in the various Sraith Pictiúr. Prepare to be entertained! Check out these guys on You Tube. They are fun all the way. A great way to revise those 20 Sraith Pictiúr for the oral which is coming up for 6th years just after Easter.


Also during Seachtain na Gaeilge Transition Years will have a Céilí Mór. It starts with learning the dances and takes off from there. Great exercise and great craic. Ticks all the boxes.

Gael Linns Cúrsa Cumarsáide is another favourite with transition year students. It’s a communications and media course held at Gael Linn headquarters in Dame Street. It lasts a week and students learn how to make a radio programme and a short film. And all of this ‘as Gaeilge’.


The Radio Programme

The 1916 commemorations are fast approaching and Transition Year students are preparing a radio programme ‘as Gaeilge’ to mark the event.

Three TY students have discovered they have a direct relative who took part in the events of 1916. They and the rest of the team have researched their family history and in the radio programme they tell the story.
         
Ruth Colbert tells the story of her grandad’s uncle, Con Colbert, who was executed on the 8 May in Kilmainham jail at just 27 years of age. The story is made all the more fascinating by Sonya O’Connor’s discovery while on work experience in Nazareth House Nursing Home in the autumn.

Nessa Lyons tells the story of James Plunkett who was her grandmother’s uncle and who was shot and injured near the Four Courts. But the story doesn’t end there.

And Rosanna O’Brien has a lovely story about Joseph Patrick Jordan, her great grandfather who at only fourteen years of age took part in the Rising.

The programme includes a few more great 1916 stories. There is music and chat all of which has seen the girls make a real connection with the events of 1916. And all of this ‘as Gaeilge’.

The programme will be recorded at Panchord Studios on Wed 2 March. It will be entered in  the Seachtain na Gaeilge ‘Make a Radio Programme as Gaeilge’ competition where Manor House have been winners before. Manor House have a strong track record of winning radio programme competitions. We were national winners of the Gael Linn and Seachtain na Gaeilge competitions in 2014.

Proclamation Day: 15 March 2016

Meanwhile, back in the classroom, Irish teachers are making sure that all students at Manor House can sing the national anthem Amhrán na bhFiann for the flag raising ceremony on the day.

Orals

Students in 3rd and 6th year have recently finished mock oral exams. These were conducted in the school by the Irish Department to prepare the students for the ‘real’ oral which is now worth 40% of the Irish exam in both Junior and Leaving cert.

It is wonderful to see the level of interest and engagement among students with oral work. We have many excellent Irish speakers in Manor House and it is great to see them get credit for it.

We are also very happy with the large numbers of students in Manor House who take Higher Level in both Junior and Senior Cycles. 


The ‘Cupán Tae agus Comhrá’ lunchtime chat ‘as Gaeilge’ for 6th years continues and the 6th years had a great day out at ‘An Triail’, the play by Mairéad Ní Ghráda in the Axis Theatre in November.

The Gaeltacht

The 3rd year orals are over for this year. The 6th year orals are coming up just after Easter. In preparation for orals many of our students are looking forward to three weeks in the Gaeltacht during the summer holidays where they will have fun and learn loads of Irish. Coláiste Chamuis in Connemara is a favourite with Manor House students and is highly recommended as is Coláiste na bhFiann. Check out the websites. Students also go to the Donegal Gaeltacht to Coláiste Árainn Mhóir which they very much enjoy.

It’s all go in the Irish Department, but as teachers we are so lucky to have the privilege of engaging with a wonderful student body who have a uniquely fresh and positive attitude to the learning of Irish.

Ádh Mór oraibh go léir agus gura fada buan sibh! 


 

Podcast: 'Taibhsí agus Laochra' 1916-2016

Here is the winning Clár Raidio, created by Ms Ni Ghallchóir and a group of TY Irish students. For ease of access, the podcast has been divided into short mp3s.

  1. Introduction by Máire Dempsey followed by Ruth Colbert's story
  2. Sonya O'Connor's piece, read by Emma Ormonde (as Sonya was ill on the day of the recording)
  3. Nessa Lyons's story
  4. Rosanna O'Brien and Sarah Snee
  5. Alannah McGinley
  6. Rachel Kirby
  7. Finale with presenter Máire Dempsey
TYs win 'Clár Raidio' Competition 2017

Congratulations to the Transition Year students who have again won first place in Ireland in the 'Seachtain na Gaeilge' competition for their radio programme in Irish.  The programme, called 'Idirbhliain...Súil Eile' examines the hidden side of Transition Year and how to deal with the new pressures and freedoms Transition Year brings. Congratulations to Saoirse Miller, Programme Presenter and to Ciara Adamson, Aisling Bell, Klaudia Cieslak, Zara Evans, Mollie Gaffey, Rahil Kassouri, Rebecca O'Keefe, Claire O'Reilly, Holly O'Mara and Alannah Sheehan. Check us out on SNAG.ie   Winners of Clár Raidió 4th-6th year. Well done girls. Miss Uí Ghallchóir is once again very proud of you! 

 

TY: Clár Raidio Success 2016!

Congratulations to the TY students who have won first prize in the Seachtain na Gaeilge ‘Make a radio programme as Gaeilge’ competition. The girls made a beautiful programme called ‘Taibhsí agus Laochra1916-2016’ about their connection with 1916. In it Ruth Colbert talks about her grandfather’s uncle Con Colbert who was executed in Kilmainham jail at only 27 years of age. Nessa Lyons tells us about her grandmother’s uncle James Plunkett who fought in the Four Courts and on North King Street and Rosanna O’Brien has the story of her great grandfather, Joseph Patrick Jordan who was only 14 years old but carried messages and was known as ‘Runner Boy’. The programme is ably presented by Máire Dempsey and there are contributions from Sonya O’Connor, Emma Ormonde, Alannah McGinley, Rachel Kirby and Sarah Snee. Clíona O’Brien worked on the music and the technical side. The 25 minute programme is a  fine tribute from the girls in Manor House to the memory of 1916. Listen to our podcast next week when we upload the programme to this website.

 

 

 

Clár Raidio 2014
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Taibhsí agus Laochra 1916-2016

Great fun was had by all at the 1st year céilí on Friday 8 April. Special thanks to the TY students who helped with the music, especially Caoimhe Fitzsimons. It was lovely to have live Irish music, played by Saoirse White, Emma Ormonde and Ciara Stack. We also had inspirational dance performances from Rachel Kilbane and Louise Chan TY. Well done to all the 1st years who danced their hearts out! 

1st year Céilí
 
2nd year Céilí

A sort-of 'Riverdance' took place in Manor House on Tuesday 17 May when the 2nd years had a céilí, helped by a group of TY dancers and musicians. Rachel Kilbane and Louise Chan gave a demonstration of hard-shoe and soft-shoe dances. Then Saoirse White (fiddle and banjo), Emma Ormonde (guitar) and Caoimhe Fitzsimons (DJ) kept the music flowing while the 2nd years learned 'Ballaí Luimnigh' and 'Ionsai na hInse'. €230 was made at the door and this money goes to the 'Team Dee' fund. A great morning was had by all. Maith sibh!