A Second Year of the ‘Fáinne’ acquisition for Beech Hill College students.
Beech Hill College Transition Year students were awarded their ‘fáinne’ after much preparation and an official Oral Irish Examination conducted by Gael Linn.
“An appropriate ending to the Seachtain na Gaeilge festivities in Beech Hill College” was how the award ceremony for the ‘Fáinne’ examination was described by the Deputy Principal, Ms. Sheerin. Students gathered in the school library to be awarded their results following the oral Irish examinations to secure their ‘fáinne’.
An air of anticipation was felt as students gathered in the school library to be awarded their ‘Fáinne’ at the appropriate level.
A ‘fáinne’ worn by our students highlights their acquisition of the Irish language, their competency and their willingness to speak our native language.
Irish teachers, our Director of Schools, Mr Paddy Flood, Principal and Deputy Principal and Year Head were all in attendance at this significant event.
Ms. Fiona Mulholland, Irish Teacher, spoke of the history of our native tongue and of our rights as Irish citizens to protect our native language. She referred to the changes in Irish society and of the powerful desire to continue to speak Irish and embrace our valuable culture.
Throughout the presentation attendees were reminded that ‘everything it is to be Irish is built on the heritage of the Irish Language’.
Gráinne, representing Gael Linn, and Mr Paddy Flood praised our students’ efforts on the fáinne awarded and reiterated their commendation of the strong Irish Department in Beech Hill College.
This was a valuable learning experience and empowering practice as students move forward to prepare for the Leaving Certificate oral Irish examination. 40% of the marks awarded for Leaving Certificate Irish are centred on the Béaltriail examination. In Beech Hill College we encourage our students to be the best they can be. This oral Irish examination offered much preparation for high achievement at Leaving Certificate level.
Well done to all our Transition Year students involved. They are a fine example to the many students in Cavan Monaghan ETB who will follow this learning path. The wearing of the ‘Fáinne’ is a source of great pride in Beech Hill College.
Ms. Mulholland and Mr Flood, along with two ‘Fáinne’ recipients, Conor Brennan and Colleen Loughran were delighted to later be interviewed by Northern Sound Radio. During the interview the love of the language was audible, as was the pride felt by our students wearing the ‘Fáinne’.