STUDENTS will get the opportunity to brush up on their cupla focal over the holidays thanks a new Irish summer camp which is being hosted in Kilfinane.
Cursa de Paor, the first Irish summer camp to be held at Scoil Pól, Kilfinane is being organised in association with Lisa and Gearóid Power, daughter and son of the late Ger Power from Knocklong who established similar Irish camps in the Limerick area in the past, and Noreen O’Riordan from Effin, who teaches in Scoil Pól. The camp will be running from July 6 to 17.
Following a number of requests from parents, to consider running an Irish camp, meetings were held with the Power family and the school management to investigate and discuss the idea.
“It quickly became clear that there is interest from local and surrounding schools and parents. With this in mind it was decided to launch Cursa de Paor this July,” Gearoid explained.
The course is for pupils from second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth classes in primary school along with first and second year students from secondary schools.
“The aim of the course is to encourage the use of Irish in a relaxed, fun and entertaining way, encouraging students to use our native language in a natural way,” said Gearoid.
There will be classroom activities, as well as physical education (including hurling/camogie, Gaelic football, soccer, rounders, basketball, dodgeball), Irish dancing, music, cooking, quizzes, drama, a trip to Lough Gur for canoeing/kayaking and a trip to Kilfinane Outdoor Education Centre for rock climbing.
All tutors are established and practising teachers from both primary and secondary levels with experience in taking part in summer camps. Among the teachers teaching at Cursa de Paor are Gearóid Power, Brid Madigan, Sile Moynihan, Ann Hogan, Aoife Barron and Brid McGrath.
Gearóid Power comes from a family steeped in the love of Irish and sport. His family have been involved in running an Irish course for more than 30 years. Gearoid plays with Garryspillane GAA and coaches underage teams for the last number of years, many to county success.
For further information, application forms and cost details, visit scoilpol.ie and click on the Cursa de Paor or contact the school office at 063-91197. There are discounts for two or more students from one family. It is possible to attend the course for just one week as well. If interested in a bus service to the course, please inform the organisers of this also, as a bus will run if the demand for it is there.