Learn Ir­ish while hav­ing fun at the O’Raghal­laigh’s cen­tre

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS - BY ALI­SON COMYN

One of the big­gest com­plaints you’ll hear from young peo­ple when learn­ing Ir­ish in school is when do they ever re­ally get to use the Cu­pla Fo­cail out­side of school?

Sure, most young­sters spend a few weeks of their sum­mer hol­i­days now to­tally im­mersed in all things Gaeilge, but with the fear of God that one word As Bearla, and you’re on the bus back home!

Well, a new youth club in Drogheda is chang­ing all that, by pro­vid­ing a fun and re­laxed place where chil­dren and young adults from 10 to 18 can use their Ir­ish in a more in­for­mal set­ting.

Co­laiste na bhFiann Ir­ish Lan­guage Youth Club will be held in O’Raghail­laigh’s GFC every Wed­nes­day evening from 5pm to 6.30pm, and all are wel­come to at­tend, no mat­ter what your level of Ir­ish.

“The club is just a nor­mal set­ting out­side of school to use your Ir­ish lan­guage and have a bit of craic with your friends at the same time,” ex­plains club co-or­di­na­tor Páidí Mac Mathúna.

“It’s very re­laxed, and the mem­bers can use what­ever Ir­ish they have with­out a fear of be­ing thrown out if they only know a word in English!”

The club is open to boys and girls, and mem­bers are en­cour­aged to come up with their own ideas for ac­tiv­i­ties each week.

“Whether it is board games, card games, singing, mu­sic, quizzes or a ceili, we like the groups to be mem­ber-led, and en­cour­age first-timers to bring along a friend so they are not com­ing in on their own,” adds Paidi.

“You don’t have to join im­me­di­ately ei­ther, and you can just come along for a few weeks and try it out, but most peo­ple want to stay.”

There are around 45 or 50 of the clubs around the coun­try, and Drogheda is the sec­ond in Co Louth, along­side Dun­dalk.

The club runs from Septem­ber to March each year, break­ing for midterm and Christ­mas.

Come along to O’Raghail­laigh’s, North Road, Drogheda, this and each Wed­nes­day at 5pm to find out more and join in the fun!

Right: Hav­ing fun at the Co­laiste na bhFiann Ir­ish Lan­guage Youth Club

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