SCHOOLS:

GALLERY: No parade in this Laois town so a school held its own one

Lynda Kiernan

Reporter:

Lynda Kiernan

A big town in Laois had no St Patrick's Day parade for 2019 but the children of a local school were not to be stopped.

Presentation Primary School in Portarlington held their own mini-parade in school last Thursday March 14 with the help of their Parents Council.

The parade was led out by the school band on Lá Glas, with all wearing the green.
There was also a tuck shop in the school hall run by the parents council to raise funds for a new school garden and grow tunnel, with children encouraged to use their cúpla focal in the shop.

It was one of a range of activities in the school all week for Seachtain na Gaeilge.
There were Irish spelling competition, concerts featuring class groups, individuals and teachers, quizzes, a Céili mór, a fashion show in Irish, a colouring competition, and an art competition featuring Seanfhocail.

Their biggest initiative is the promotion of the use of gaeilge in school. Each time a student spoke as gaeilge they got a ticket from their múinteoir. Student in each class with the most tickets were crowned “Gaeilgeoir na seachtaine” and got special prizes.

Scroll through our gallery of wonderful photographs taken by Michael Scully.