Carntogher teenagers receive a huge cultural and musical opportunity on the Scottish Island of Lewis.
Club Óige Luraigh have returned tired, yet excited, from their trip to Stornoway last week, on the Scottish Island of Lewis. Scéim Cholmcille, who’s aim it is to promote links and relationships between Irish speakers of Ireland and Gáidhlig speakers of Scotland kindly funded the trip to allow for 30 people in total to travel and enjoy such an amazing experience. With 20 of the total group attending classes at Feis Eilean an Fhraoich throughout the week - 14 at Feis na nÓg and 6 of which attending the teenage Feis, and all participating in the concerts throughout the Feis also, they received a huge cultural and musical learning opportunity.
The Irish were warmly welcomed and their attendance was hugely recognised and praised during the Feis – not only were the Irish pupils learning Gáidhlig, Scottish tunes and songs but the Scottish children were also keen to learn Irish songs and tunes in the classes. This interchange was highlighted on stage during the concerts. The young Irish speakers also learnt and performed a Gáidhlig drama on stage on the last night of the Feis and it was an highly enjoyable experience for them and the audience.
Not only were the children busy with music and drama but the Gaeil from Carntogher also had training sessions with a Hurling/Shinty club in Lewis where they trained and played compromised rules games against the Scottish side.
The Carntogher group had a fantastic trip from start to finish and now hold a close cultural friendship with their close neighbours in Lewis. A group of teenagers from Lewis travelled earlier in the year to Carntogher and all are showing positive signs that this is the beginning of a wonderful relationship between both areas. The Carntogher community would like to thank Colmcille for the financial support, and a special ‘mórán taing’ to Peigi Maclennan and all staff members of Feis Eilean an Fhroaich for accommodating the group throughout the week. Bha e sgionneil!