Young people enjoy a wonderful Gael Campa at Smarmore Castle

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Now in its third year, Gael Champa took place in Smarmore Castle recently and was a tremendous success.

The organisers hosted 18 children over the course of the week from the ages of 5- 11 who attended and participated in the Irish language Easter Camp.

Activities wer led through the week by Clodagh McClean (BA in Gaeilge and Trainee teacher) and assisted by Claire McGrory, Éadaoin McClean and Ciara Byrne.

The idea behind this summer camp was to encourage children to welcome and enjoy the Irish language as a fun and funtional means o f communication. As the week progressed, the children were speaking more and more Irish and their confidence grew as they practiced and experienced Irish as a practical language.

The week consisted of many activities for the children. From table quizzes to treasure hunts and relay races to ‘Capture the Flag’, fun through Irish was always the prime concern.

Throughout the course of the week, the children were divided into three teams, An Madra Gorm, Na Buaiteoirí,and Na Prátaí, and could earn points for their teams by succeeding in the activities, team spirit, good sportsmanship and through their use of the Irish Language.

The great effort of the children emerged as the teams all ended in a complete tie though each team fought hard for the place till the very end. By the end of the week, each child went home with prizes for their excellent use of Gaeilge throughout the week.

Camp organiser, Clodagh McClean, would like to thank everyone who helped make this years camp a success, especially Smarmore Castle for their use of their grounds, to all of the people who helped out with the camp over the week and to all of the children who were an absolute pleasure to have for the week.

Clodagh would like to extend a special word of thanks a special word of thanks to all of the parents who encouraged their children to speak Irish throughout the week.

For information about Gael Champa 2015, please contact Clodagh at or keep an eye on the Facebook page Gael Champa Ardee for Irish tips and information throughout the year!


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