Bhí áthas agus spleodar mór in Our Lady’s in recent days when the news came through that the school would be receiving their first Gaelbhratach (Irish Flag). This is a scheme co-ordinated by Gael Linn which awards this Irish flag to schools to recognize and acknowledge their efforts to encourage and promote the use of Irish. The primary aim of the scheme is to create and encourage a culture of speaking Irish informally within the school community and beyond.

During the year,  the Coiste of 7 students from Our Lady’s attended two workshops and were given targets which they had to meet. As a result of all their hard work, the students were rewarded with the presentation of the Gaelbhratach in Leopardstown last Tuesday 21st May. Fifty-seven post primary schools were in attendance at the ceremony and Our Lady’s were the only post primary school in Monaghan to receive the Gaelbhratach this year.

Co-ordinator of the scheme in Our Lady’s, Ms Linda Darby, spoke very highly of the Coiste, the group of students who were the driving force behind the Gaelbhratach. “The students are drawn from different year groups and worked very well as a team. They endeavoured to promote their initiatives within each year group and worked extremely hard. Activities were many and varied and included Gaeilge 24, Comhra 18, Comórtas Amhránaíochta, Comórtas Seanfhocail, Ciorcal Cainte and Suirbhé faoin nGaeilge, something for everyone! I am delighted that they have received just reward for their efforts. A big bualadh bos for all of them”.