Flash mob hits the Marshes

SHOPKEEPERS and passersbys in the Marshes Shopping centre were treated to a ‘flashmob’ last Thursday week as nearly 60 children descended on Penneys.

SHOPKEEPERS and passersbys in the Marshes Shopping centre were treated to a ‘flashmob’ last Thursday week as nearly 60 children descended on Penneys.

Yet unlike the mobs that run riot in England last week, this mob were more concerned with showing off their stepping and singing routine then they were with looting.

The 57 entertainers, aged between 9 and 12, came from Colaiste na bhFiann, an Irish summer camp that caters for would-be Irish speakers during the summer months.

They recited a mixture of songs from well known artists Annie, Cee Lo Green and Usher, at the same time as performing an elaborate dance routine, all in front of an essembled crowd of over 100 onlookers who seemed delighted at the impromtu performance.

Speaking with The Dundalk Democrat event organiser Helena ní Nhaoláin said: “The organisation of the flash mob happened just a couple of hours ago.”

The camp goers at Colaiste na bhFiann, who have seven camps all around the country with over 3,000 students, all had do a recital as part of a video project. Having rehearsed the routine behind closed doors for weeks, the organisers thought that it deserved a wider audience.

“We had just been in at Dundalk FM and were walking out and we just thought, wouldn’t it be great to do a flash mob with their performance.

“Then we just scrambled it together, with great help from Harry Traynor at the Marshes. The children really loved it and were really excited to do it.”

Colaiste na bhFiann runs for two weeks on the grounds of Dundalk Grammar School, with attendees speaking nothing but Irish for two weeks.

“Even our weakest speakers would be speaking well within a day or two. They are all practically fluent in Irish now. Total emersion is the best way to learn any language.”

After their dance and sing along the children were then treated to a free drink at Subway.

To contact Colaiste ni bhFiann who run a Youth Club during the year at CBS Primary School, you can contact Emer on 0868525907 or go to their website: www.colaistenabhfiann.ie.