The principal of Gaelscoil Éadain Mhóir, Mary Nic Ailín, has called ‘bualadh bos’ for 43 primary three, four and five pupils at the Lecky Road school who recently brought home a trawl of prizes from the Irish Schools Drama festival in Omagh.
The pupils who represented Derry City at the festival in the Strule Arts Centre all took part in the school’s drama ‘An Draíodóir Ghaelach’ - the Irish magician - which was a clever twist on the Wizard of Oz story and based on a little girl called Duailtín who lost her way from home but through the course of the drama learned the important lesson that home is where we have our friends, our culture and our native language
Ms. Nic Ailín said: “We are extremely proud of the children who took to the stage in front of a packed theatre.
“The adjudicator of the competition, Sean O Labhraí, commented on the children’s excellent acting, their outstanding singing and the overall stage presence, including costumes and delivery.
“Róise Ní Mhaoláin agus Daire O Greavu Ó Mocháin were both nominated for individual prizes as best actress and actor.
“The children came home with the prize for best musical theatre and we’re delighted to have been awarded the overall prize of best performance.
“They have now been nominated to represent the North West in the Ulster Final which will take place in Armagh City on March 24.
“I would like to thank the staff for all of the work they have put in to preparing the children. Without their hard work and dedication our pupils would not have the skills needed to be able to participate so confidently.
“I would like to congratulate the children on their outstanding performance. We are so proud of each and every one of them and are so looking forward to seeing them perform in Armagh. Every parent of our pupils should be beaming with pride at how amazing their children were.”