‘Viva Ciaran!’ say Gael­choláiste stu­dents

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS -

STU­DENTS of the all-Ir­ish Gael­choláiste Chiar­raí in Tralee could have been for­given for break­ing spon­ta­neously into French last week as one of their num­ber won a trip to the Gal­lic land for his class.

It was a case of ‘Viva Ciarán!’ at the Gael­choláiste as stu­dents learned that Tran­si­tion Year Ciarán Ó Don­nchú had won a top na­tional com­pe­ti­tion cel­e­brat­ing the Euro­pean Day of Lan­guages; emerg­ing in the ‘pre­mier’ spot for an ar­ti­cle about a re­cent rugby match in France as well as an es­say about un­em­ploy­ment in the Re­pub­lic.

They re­joiced as the win rep­re­sented a prize of not only €2,150 – but a trip to France for a group from the Gael­choláiste, in­clud­ing Ciarán ob­vi­ously.

“The com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised na­tion­ally by Léar­gas in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Eurogu­id­ance Ire­land was en­ti­tled ‘My dream job’ and re­quired stu­dents to sub­mit a cover­ing let­ter and Europass CV in their cho­sen Euro­pean lan­guage,” TY co-or­di­na­tor Michelle D’Altúin said.

“Ciarán has a keen in­ter­est in jour­nal­ism and he penned a sports ar­ti­cle on a re­cent rugby match in France. His en­try also in­cluded an opin­ion piece on the is­sue of un­em­ploy­ment in France.” The trip will now al­low the stu­dents ex­plore the ca­reer path there of the dream job that was Ciarán’s choice.

“The com­pe­ti­tion was an ex­cel­lent learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence which in­volved cross cur­ric­u­lar as­pects of Tran­si­tion Year which is cen­tral to the pro­gramme in our school. Ciarán used his ca­reer skills un­der the guid­ance of Eibh­lín Ní Mhuirc­heartaigh Ca­reers and Guid­ance Coun­sel­lor.”

Photo by Dom­nick Walsh

Merci beau­coup Ciaran! Gael­choláiste Chiar­raí TY stu­dent Ciaran Ó Don­nchú (cen­tre) nabbed a trip to France for his whole class af­ter win­ning a re­cent na­tional com­pe­ti­tion for es­say-writ­ing in French. He is pic­tured here with Dean Ó Lionachin, Leah Ní Shanacháin, Teacher Honor Nic Gloin, Dan­nielle Ní Néill and Anna Ní Scannláin.

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