‘An Cailleach Mallaithe’ - Wonderful performance by Scoil Santain pupils

By William O'Connor 

Pupils from Scoil Santain in Tallaght were treading the boards of the Clasach Theatre in Clontarf at the annual Coirm Gael Linn festival on Thursday.                    

Coirm affords primary school pupils a chance to shine on stage, whether singing, playing music, dancing, acting or reciting. 


Some of the cast of An Cailleach Mallaithe

Each participating school presented a twenty minute variety show ‘as Gaeilge’ with a theme of their own choice, showing the musical and dramatic abilities of pupils from one particular class or from different classes in the school.

While Coirm Gael Linn is not a competition, each show is reviewed by a guest adjudicator and a written critique is given to each teacher.  

At the adjudicator’s discretion, special merit awards or ‘gradaim’, are also presented for outstanding performances by individuals or ensembles during the shows.

Two awards were presented to the young cast of Scoil Santain for their wonderful performance of ‘An Cailleach Mallaithe’, an Irish language version of ‘The Wicked Witch’.

Teacher Natasha de Cantual was delighted with her pupils’ success.

Through participation in Coirm, organisers Gael Linn aim to nurture the young talent of the future while encouraging the use of the Irish language in an enjoyable  atmosphere.

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