Local Irish language and cultural organisation Cumann Gaelach Chnoc na Rós held its annual schools public speaking competition this week as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge.
The event was held in the Central Library, Foyle Street on Wednesday and pupils from three local schools, St Columb’s College, Thornhill College, and Coláiste Cinéal Eoghain, Buncrana, took part.
It was one of a number of Irish language events organised in the city to mark the week-long celebration of language and culture.
The organiser of the event, Clár Ní Chnáimhsí, from Cumann Gaelach Chnoc na Rós said; “The standard this year was particularly high and everyone who took part did really well. I would like to pay tribute to all of them and their teachers who helped them prepare for the competition. The high standard of Irish which was used on the night shows the continued growth of the language in the city.”
The competition was judged by Pól Ó Frighil, Derry City Council’s Irish language officer, and Pádraig Mac Cearáin from Cnoc na Rós and both men praised the high standard of all speakers.
Amanda Ní Neighill from Coláiste Cinéal Eoghain, Buncrana, took first prize in the 8-12 years competition and Fionnuala Ní Dhufaigh from Thornhill Collage, Derry, for year groups 13 - 14.
The Glass Cup was won by Johnathon Bond from St Columb’s College who the adjudicators felt was “outstanding.”
Cumann Gaelach Chnoc na Rós will also be holding an Irish cultural evening in the Central Library on Monday night at 7.30pm which will involve traditional music, storytelling and singing with pupils from local gaelscoileanna and others. For more information contact 028 71361552