A group of Gaelic speaking teenagers visited Edinburgh recently as part of the annual international Gaelic debate ‘Ri Chèile’ organised by Comunn na Gàidhlig in Scotland and Gael Linn in Ireland.
Winners group picture on left reads from left to right:
Judge - Seán Ó Gallchóir, Isabelle Bain, Bronagh McMullan, Kelly Brosnan and Judge - Alison Ní Dhorchaidhe. Group photo below was taken on trip to Edinburgh Castle
Pupils from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dingwall, Stornoway, Inverness and East Kilbride were joined by pupils from different areas of Ireland. Over and above the debate they had the opportunity to learn some Gaeilge and also visited Edinburgh Castle. There was also a visit around the City of Edinburgh where they visited the National Museum.
Bronagh McMullan, St. Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon was the overall winner with Isabelle Bain, Nicolson Institute coming first for Scotland and Kelly Brosnan, Meánscoil Na Trócaire, Trá Lí coming first for Ireland. Isabelle from the Nicolson Institute said; “I really enjoyed the event and am delighted I had the opportunity to participate. Everyone was very good at speaking and as such I didn’t expect to win at all. I made new friends from Ireland and Scotland and I enjoyed that too.”
Topics covered this year were ‘Links between Ireland and Scotland’, ‘Curriculum for Excellence’ and ‘Should Scotland be Independent?’.