Heartiest congratulations to the 3rd & 4th classes of St. John the Baptist Girls’ Primary School on winning an All Ireland Title in the Cumann Scoildrámaíocht musical drama competition in Mullingar on April 12th. It was a well deserved reward after months of hard work and commitment under the leadership of Mrs. Andrews and class teachers Mrs. Kennedy & Miss Quinlivan.
Preparations began with a single phrase “Is fearr cairde ná Ór” (friends are better than gold). With the current economic crisis in mind, the show focused on having fun with family and friends at home rather than needing money and wealth to be happy during the holidays. Activities such as going to the seaside, to the cinema, to local matches etc were highlighted as inexpensive, rewarding and fun-filled experiences shared with loved ones.
Appropriate well-known songs were chosen and translated into Irish accordingly (e.g. “Let’s go Fly a Kite”, “Consider Yourself”, “You’ve got a friend in me”, “We go together” etc). A script was written, auditions held, songs were taught and practiced, costumes and props were organised. The school was a hive of activity with all hands on deck.
Finally, after much preparation and practice, the show took to the road, having its first performance in Fermoy on 9th February. There, the girls swept the board winning 3 trophies for musicality, choreography and drama. They continued on then to the Munster Final on 12th March in Cork City and were subsequently delighted to receive the news that the school had qualified for the All Ireland. Two home performances – one in Halla na Féile and in Brú Ború served as an invaluable practice for the “Big Day”.
On 12th April, two busloads of excited budding performers and supporting parents left the school to the cheers of the remaining pupils who had all lined up outside to wish them well. All eyes were on the All Ireland Trophy which the school had won 2 years previously. The minute the girls set foot on stage, they took off!!! It was magic! They owned the stage!! They performed their routine with ease and confidence. It was undoubtedly their best show ever and it was obvious that they really enjoyed the whole experience.
This prestigious national competition in music, dance and drama, run by An Cumann Scoil Drámaíochta, attracts competitors from primary and secondary schools throughout the country, especially gaelscoileanna and Gaeltacht areas.
The presentation of prizes took place on Wednesday, 11th May in the Celtic Suite in Croke Park. The girls were overwhelmed with joy and pride when Mrs. Andrews, Miss Quinlivan and three pupils brought back the national trophy to adorn our display area for yet another year.
This was indeed a wonderful experience for all the girls from beginning to end, an experience which will remain in their memories for a long, long time. A big thank you to all those who helped them on their road to glory – confirming that well known Irish “sean-fhocal” – “Ní neart go cur le chéile” (Together we will achieve).