Gaelscoil an Chaistil hold school prizegiving

At the end of another very successful year Gaelscoil an Chaistil invited parents, pupils and staff to attend the school annual prizegiving.

A large number of parents, family and friends came along to the outdoor prizegiving event to celebrate the children’s sporting, academic and personal successes. Brídín Ní Dhonnghaile, principal, along with her staff, presented an array of cups and certificates.

The awards ceremony began with prizes from sports day. Individual teachers invited the winners from their classes to receive their medals from Brídín. This section of the ceremony concluded with the presentation of two school sports awards.

Sportsperson of the Year – Conaire de Buitléir and Caoilainn Ní Eara.

Brídín then moved on to academia and presented the following awards.

Gaelic speaker of the year

P1 CJ Mag Eachagáin

P2 Cliodhna Nic Amhlaoibh

P3 Bebhionn Ní Chonchúir

P4 Amber Ní Chatháin

P5 Alicia de Buitléir

P6 Iona Starrs

P7 Tiarnán Ó Ceallaigh

Pupil of the year

P1 Emma Nic Phiarais

P2 Erin Nic Sheóin

P3 Oonagh Nic Scannláin

P4 Oisín Mac Ambróis

P5 Séamas Mac Amhlaoibh

P6 Eilidh de Buitléir

P7 Eilís Ní Bhléine

Art award

Foundation Stage Fionn Mac Fhirléighinn

Key Stage 1 Ana Cara Bartolovic

Key Stage 2 Katie Ní Sheanáin and Oisín Mac Seáin

Music award

Foundation Stage Erin Nic Sheóin

Key Stage 1 Conrad Ó Coisneacháin

Key Stage 2 Dearbhla Ní Choisneacháin and Ciara Mathers

Science award

Foundation Stage Ciarán Óg Mac Néill

Key Stage 1 Conall Mag Fhloinn and Flynn Ó Niadh

Key Stage 2 Aibh Nic Scannláin and Breandán Ó Flannagáin

General Knowledge award

Foundation Stage Somhairle Mathers

Key Stage 1 Gabriel Mac Sheóin

Key Stage 2 Déaglán Bárd and Oisín Mac Seáin

Brídín then presented two special principal awards – Avid Reader and Citizenship. The school places great emphasis on a love of reading and of literature and that of playing an active role in school life.

Avid reader

Foundation Stage Dearbhla Gairnéir

Key Stage 1 Méabh Ní Fhlannagáin

Key Stage 2 Dearbhla Ní Choisneacháin and Áine Ní Nia-Meggitt


Foundation Stage Séamas Ó Conghaile

Key Stage 1 Caillee Nic Aodha

Key Stage 2 Cara Nic Bhloscaidh and Conaire de Buitléir

For the past few years the school has taken part in the Gaelic language Scríobh Leabhar – Write a Book competition. This year winners included Bebhionn, Katie, Conleth, Kaci Lee, Kirsten and Séamas Seosamh from P3; Enya, Flynn, Yaran and Caoimhe from P4; Cailín, Déaglán, Emma and Caitríona from P5; and Áine and Máire Áine from P6,7. Congratulations to them all.

Brídín warmly congratulated Cabhán Ó Conchúir Mac Pháidín, Connie Ní Niadh, Bebhionn Ní Chonchúir and Oisín Mac Seáin on their excellent attendance as she presented 100% attendance certificates to them.

The principal praised the P7 children for all their hard work throughout the year, presented them with their Records of Achievement and wished them every success as they transfer to post primary education.

She then thanked the staff, governors and parents for their dedication to the school and thanked pupils for all their hard work. She discussed the continued growth of the school and announced that there would be statutory full-time nursery unit on site from September 2012 and that enrolment for places was now open.

If you wish to avail of Gaelic medium education for your child, be that pre-schooling or primary schooling, please contact the principal on 20768883 or on