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STAFF, par­ents, past pupils and friends of Scoil Chualann gath­ered at the Sum­mer­hill House Ho­tel in En­niskerry last Satur­day night to cel­e­brate 40 years of ed­u­ca­tion and the Ir­ish lan­guage.

The fundrais­ing din­ner dance in­cluded a de­li­cious meal and plenty of mu­sic and danc­ing. There was ceili danc­ing and every­one took part.

Noreen Dodd, who teaches Ir­ish danc­ing in the school, en­sured that every­one knew the steps. The Dod­der Banks Ceili band played. Martin and Emma Dodd are par­ents at the school and also played in the band. There was plenty of Ir­ish spo­ken on the night and the event was a real cel­e­bra­tion of Ir­ish in Bray, the cul­ture as well as the lan­guage. School prin­ci­pal Carmel Uí Gharb­hín said that in 40 years, 1,525 chil­dren have been through the school, which means all of those chil­dren are now flu­ent Ir­ish speak­ers.

She said that there are now two Ir­ish-speak­ing pri­mary schools, and one sec­ondary school in the town of Bray, which means the lan­guage is boom­ing in the town.

Scoil Chualainn was founded in 1977. The school was ini­tially in the par­ish rooms be­side the church, then they moved to Kil­croney to where John of Gods had a nurs­ing home, and moved to their cur­rent build­ing at Put­land Road in Jan­uary 1986. Ms Uí Ghar­bín thanked all of the lo­cal busi­ness who gen­er­ously do­nated to the auc­tion on the night.

Chris and Mandy Comer­ford and Clare and Ray Comer­ford en­joy­ing the cele­ber­a­tions to mark 40 years of Scoil Chualann in Bray, which were held at the Sum­mer­hill House Ho­tel in En­niskerry on Satur­day.

Eithne Ní Chin­neide, Máire Uí Airmhighe, Caitri­ona Noo­nan, Martina John­son, Aine Breath­nach and Breda Uí Ear­cáin.

Michelle and Tadhg Crow­ley.

Lynda Do­herty and Natasha Barry.

Elaine Mhic Cor­maic and Seaghan Mac Cor­maic.

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