Dá mbeadh Pádraig MacPiarais ar an bhfód inniu bheadh sé thar a bheith sásta agus bródúil ag éisteacht leis an Ghaeilge bhinn, líofa a bhí a labhairt i gcomórtas "Guthanna 1916" i gclubtheach na nGael. Students from Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin, Woodland NS, Loreto Convent and Coláiste Ailigh brought us the voices of 1916.
We heard from Pádraig MacPiarais, Grace Gifford, a priest and a nurse attending to those who were wounded and dying, the children who lived around Sackville St and Boland’s Bakery, women whose husbands were fighting in the British army in France, the women and men involved in the GPO and around Dublin city during the events of Easter 1916.
Monday evening’s presentations were in English but with every participant expected to use at least six full sentences of Irish in their speech. Tuesday evening’s competitors spoke entirely in Irish. The standard of competition was extremely high and the judges on both evenings were given a substantial challenge having to decide who the winners on the night were.
On Monday evening, Aoife Doherty came first in the Junior section. Leanna Bradley was 2nd. Alicia Miranda was 3rd and Clodagh Sweeney and Oliver Ah Heng were both highly commended. All these students came from Woodland NS. In the Senior section 1st place went to Clíodhna McHugh, 2nd to Dara Keeve and 3rd to Lydia Hosian, all Loreto Convent students. Mairead Crossan agus Caitlín Ní Chochlainn were the judges.
On Tuesday,in the Junior section Joseph Mac Suibhne came first, Chloe Nic Orpain Ní Chiaráin second, Eimear Ni Bhaoill third and highly commended were Shauna Ní hUiginn, Maeve Ní Shiadhail and Caoimhe Ní Ghallachóir. In the Senior section Iarlaith Mac Fhionnghaile came first, Seán Ó Braoin second, Hugh Anthony Mac Suibhne third and Roisín McMonagle was highly commended. The overall Cainteoir na hOíche was Joseph Mac Suibhne from Coláiste Ailigh. The judges were Ciarán Rodgers and Amanda Duffy.
The competition, organised by Letterkenny Gaels over two nights, in English and Irish has been an effective and creative way to explore the complexity of 1916. Míle buíochas d'achan duine a bhí páirteach ann, na scoláirí, na muinteoirí, teaghlaigh na bpaistí, na moltóirí agus achan duine ó Gaeil Leitir Ceanainn a thug tacaíocht. Ár mbuíochas fosta do Chomhaltas Uladh agus Comhairle Contae Dún na nGall óna fuair muid tacaíocht.