3rd August 2007
This week members of Oban Sradagan met with some Welsh speaking children. They came together after Coinneach Combe, a development officer with Comunn na Gàidhlig, met James an officer with Urdd, the national Welsh youth organisation, on-line and they discovered they both had an interest in their national languages. CnaG organised the trip and great fun was had by all.
As well as activities such as shinty, karting and climbing they had a barbeque on Tralee beach and a fantastic cèilidh on the last night. It was a wonderful experience and both groups learnt a lot about each others culture and language.
The parents and volunteers from Oban put a lot of effort and hard work into this event and Fay McDiarmid, Youth Projects Manager with CnaG said “We couldn’t run events like this without the support of the people in the local community. They are vital in ensuring that the children get opportunities like this and in keeping Sradagan groups running throughout the year, week in week out and we really appreciate the work they do. The most important thing that the parents noticed was that the Welsh contingent spoke Welsh all of the time – it was their main language and not English. They hope that this encouraged their own children.”
It is hoped that the Scottish children can visit Wales – perhaps next year!