GAEL SCOIL MHUIRE GLEANN RUA: A very successful and well attended public/information meeting was held in Scoil Mhuire, Glenroe on Monday last 11th February. Chairperson of the Board of Management Mrs Mary Coffey presided over the meeting and gave the background to the decision to revitalise the school. Mr Michael Dennehy (principal) quoted the research supporting Gaelscoileanna and also his own stance on all things Irish. Parents of children currently enrolled in the school Mrs Helen Buckley and Mrs Nicola Dennehy also spoke. Helen spoke of the benefits of the smaller rural school while Nicola outlined the “Campa Cásca” which will run from the 2nd to the 4th of April inclusive.
The Campa is an activity camp conducted through Irish. It will be held in the school from 10.30 am to 2p.m for the three days. Enrolment forms will soon be available from the school, local shops and from the Camp co-ordinators: Helen 087 2436972 on and Nicola on 086 8275944. There is no charge for the camp but organisers have asked that each enrolment form be submitted with a €5 deposit which will be refunded to participants on the last day of the camp. Book soon to avoid disappointment as places are limited.
The meeting concluded with a most welcome “cupán tae” and some delicious confectionery provided by the parents.
‘Gaelscoil Mhuire’, Gleann Rua represents a wonderful new departure in our local area. It represents the growing interest by a local community in its Gaelic heritage. Gleann Rua has a place, all of its own, in the cultural history of our country. It was in the parish of Gleann Rua/Baile Uí Argáin that Ireland’s first truly great educationalist, historian, collector of music, elucidator of place names and lifelong recorder of Ireland’s past, Patrick Weston Joyce (1827-1914), was born and reared. He started his teaching career in Glenroe National School, as did his equally famous brother, Robert Dwyer Joyce (1830-1883).
Their published works, have shown the world, over the last century and a quarter, how they have been inspired by the rich heritage and culture of the Glenroe/Ballyorgan countryside. It is fitting that now once again, here in their home parish, a Gaelscoil is established to provide the next generation with an opportunity to share, in that wonderful cultural inheritance of ours.