Budding Gaelscoil Phortlaoise writers

Pictured at the launch of their collection of short stories by the 1st to 6th class pupils at Geal Scoil, Portlaoise were from left to right- Aoisfe Ni Leathlothair, Cathal O Murchu, Aine Ni Airchinnigh, Conchur De Staic, Cillian Lovegrove, and Oisin O Scarraig with their teacher Ms Siobhan Ui Chuinn. Pic: Jim Yorke
Gaelscoil Phortlaoise launched its new book, “Is Údair Sinn”, in a special bi-lingual ceremony at the school recently.

Gaelscoil Phortlaoise launched its new book, “Is Údair Sinn”, in a special bi-lingual ceremony at the school recently.

The book is a compilation of short stories, poems and other articles, written by pupils from the 1st to 6th classes. Most of the contributions are as Gaeilge, and it is this which makes the book a local landmark publication.

The launch was officiated by Deputy Principal, Siobhán Uí Chuinn, who co-ordinated the book’s compilation and production.

“The greatest reward for any writer is to see their work published in a real book, and this is even more true for a child” added Siobhán. She paid tribute to Oisín Ó Scarraigh for his colourful front cover design.

Special guest, Oifigeach na Gaeilge i gComhairle Co. Laoise, Mairín Uí Scolaí, officially launched the book. The ceremony also involved traditional Irish music from the students and readings from by their young authors. Also given special mention was Séimi sa Chistin which was designed by 5th class with teacher Muinteoir Máiread Ó Loinsigh and Olivia Golden.