Recently Tony Ryan , Roscrea Diesel Injection presented the pupils of Gaelscoil an tSlí Dal with a new set of GAA jerseys. Chairperson of Board of Management of Gaelscoil an tSlí Dála and former President of GAA, Liam O’Neill thank Tony for his kindness and generosity. The logo on the jerseys was designed by Emma Culliton a 6th class pupil and Tony congratulated Emma on her design.
This jersey presentation ceremony marked the opening of a very special weekend for Gaelscoil an tSlí Dála who were the hosting school for activities relating to the2015 Conradh Árd Fheis, which took place in the Rackett Hall, Roscrea. Gaelscoileanna Portlaoise, Nenagh and Trumera visited Ballaghmore for a day of sporting events including hurling football rounders and chess. The younger pupils from Trumera together with the junior classes from Gaelsscoil an tSlí Dála were entertained by Giggles the clown. Giggles was a big hit with both young and old. Throughout the day members of Conradh na Gaeilge and Gaelscoileanna visited the workshops.
In the afternoon a tree planting took place. An oak tree was planted and a plaque was unveiled to honour Seamus Costello, a former member of the Board of Management of Gaelscoil an tSlí Dala. Dignatories from Conradh na Gaeilge and Gaelscoileannna attended the ceremony. Members of the clergy, the Costello family, Board of Management, parents and pupils were also present. Donnacha O’Aodh, Conradh na Gaeilge , Liam O’Neill paid tribute to the work Seamus had done on behalf of the school. Liam O’Neill together with Carmel Costello wife of the late Seamus planted the tree.
On Friday 17th April Liam O’Neill officially opened the 2015 Conradh na Gaeilge Árd Fheis in the Rackett Hall. During his speech Liam spoke about the Irish language and the importance of encouraging children to speak their native language. He paid tribute to the work of Gaelscoileanna, Conradh na Gaeilge and other organisations who were helping to promote the Irish language.
On Saturday 18th April a sponsored walk took place from the Rackett hall to the Roundtower in Roscrea. Members of Conradh na Gaeilge and parents, pupils and staff from Gaelscoil took to the roads on a bright sunny afternoon. The proceeds from the walk went to Gaelscoil an tSlí Dála
On Saturday evening Conradh na Gaeilge hosted a dinner and the pupils of Gaelscoil an tSlí Dala entertained the guests with a Scoraíocht. The pupils received a standing ovation for the performance. Dinner was followed by a ceilí and Irish traditional music could be heard throughout the Rackett Hall until the early hours of Sunday.
The weekend concluded with a Mass in St Molua’s church Ballaghmore on Sunday celebrated by Fr. Corbett. Refreshments were served in the hall afterwards.