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Seachtain na Geailge

In our Irish class, the Transition Years have been preparing for Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Week) for the week of Monday the 13th.


The students wrote down and discussed what fun events to undertake with certain year groups from Crana College which inluded the following:

  • Making ‘Seachtain Na Gaelige’ posters to promote the activities
  • Ensuring we have the necessary equipment for the games
  • Bingo
  • Irish dancing
  • ‘Seanfhocal’ Poster competition
  • Irish charades
  • Gaelic


As the week of St. Patrick’s day nears, having a week dedicated to the Irish language and Irish traditions adds excitement for this coming Friday.

By simply offering the students in Crana college a chance to play popular games in the Irish language, it will help boost their Irish vocabulary and possibly help with their Irish studies as well as having fun whilst doing so.

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As well as managing a variety of Irish themed games, there will also be a ‘Green Day’ or ‘Lá Glas’ held on the Thursday, before St. Patrick’s Day. The best dressed student will receive a special prize for their outfit, awarded for the effort they put into their wardrobe!

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Fionn MacCumhaill

Within these past handful of weeks after returning from the summer holidays, the Transition Year students of Crana College, have been working on a presentation for their Irish class. 

    

The students were divivded into groups and had to choose a specific historical Irish Myth or Legend based on Fionn MacCumhaill, such as:

  • The Giants Causeway
  • The Salmon of Knowledge or
  • Diarmuid agus Gráinne

Some students even decided to shorten these Legends and combine these together, creating a summary of The Legend of Fionn MacCumhaill.

The students presented their work in class last week, Monday the 10th of October, to ensure the Irish youth is conscious of their countries Myths and Legends.
                                                   The story of Diarmuid agus Gráinne

Giant’s Causeway

Today, Transition Years from Crana College, toured the Giant’s Causeway along the sea coast of the basalt cliffs in County Antrim.

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For some students, this was a first experience, as well as an educational one.

 

The weather was great also, especially for Ireland an the Giant’s Causeway.

The students captured many photos in Antrim, as show below.

This trip was undertaken as the Transition Years and their Irish teacher, Mrs. McFadden, had been working on projects/slides in the past few weeks based on Fionn MacCumhaill.

The Giant’s Causeway’s history is established around Fionn MacCumhaill, a mythical Irish warrior.
The rocks located in the Giant’s Causeway, are made naturally and the formation along the coast consists of about 40,000 interlocking, hexagonal basalt columns.


Some of which, the columns are 39 feet tall, sloping down into the sea.

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Fionn supposedly built the Causeway so that he could reach Scotland without getting his feet wet, as there is a similar rock formation 75 miles across the sea.

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