Bliain na Gaeilge 2018 Award At  Gaelscoil na mBeann

Bronnadh GRADAM Bhliain na Gaeilge 2018 i nGaelscoil na mBeann

Newry Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin was delighted to recently present a cheque to the Co Down winner of the Bliain na Gaeilge 2018 (Year of the Irish language) Art Competition.

Leora Forsythe McCabe (10) and a student at Gaelscoil na mBeann, Lower Mourne’s Irish medium Primary School, was presented with her award at the school on Friday 22 June 2018, which also received its own award for its contribution to the education and promotion of Irish language.

Councillor Murnin said; “The Council is committed to promoting and protecting Irish language through its Irish language Strategy and it was an honour to present the County Down winner of this all-Ireland Art competition. Congratulations to all the parents, staff and school governors who made the commitment to provide Irish medium education for the children of Lower Mourne.”

Seán Ó Murchadha from Conradh na Gaeilge(Gaelic League) said: “Thank you to Niall Ó Luachráin, Príomhoide (Principal) for the warm welcome.  It was a pleasure to visit the area and be part of the prize-giving.  The standard of artwork by the children has been astonishing.  They are great ambassadors for the Irish language and fine examples of the benefits of raising children bilingually.”

(l-r)  Newry Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Mark Murnin, Seán Ó Murchadha, Conradh na Gaeilge, Niall Ó Luachráin, Príomhoide/Principal, Bunscoil na mBeann, Róisín Ní Ruanaidh, Bord na nGobharnóirí/Board of Governors, Gaelscoil na mBeann, Ursula Mhic An tSaoir, Oifigeach Forbartha na Gaeilge / Irish Language Development Officer for Newry, Mourne and Down District Council , Leora Forsythe McCabe(10), Co Down winner of the Bliain na Gaeilge 2018 (Year of the Irish language) Art Competition.