Sheachtain na Gaeilge 2019
Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam. A country without a language is a country without a soul
Beatha teanga í a labhairt. The life of a language is to speak it
Seachtain na Gaeilge is on for the next fortnight and there is a number of activities being organised by the Irish Department in Gallen C.S
Laois Offaly Gardaí Youth Awards:
On Friday 22nd February , the Gardai in Laois Offaly held their inaugural Youth Awards in the Killeshin Hotel Portlaoise. The school had nominated a number of students in the Individual Award section . There were 85 young people nominated accross the two counties for 19 awards. We are delighted that Ross McLoughlin in fifth year received an award.
His citation included the following ” Last year, as part of a Foroige Leadership Project, Ross wanted to ensure younger children in his community were aware of and appreciated their cultural and historical past. He recognized that he could preserve some local Oral History by interviewing and recording some older people in his community. He complied this work together and presented it in booklet form to his former primary school St Mary’s Pullough and has a copy for Tullamore Library too. For his example of student leadership in Gallen Community School to date, for the appreciation of his community and the importance of preservation of local history for younger generations, for his capacity and potential for community leadership in the future, Ross McLoughlin is a worthy recipient of this Award.”.
Ross was presented with his award by Superintendent John Scanlan Laois-Offaly Garda Division, Pat McDonagh Supermacs and main sponsor . Thanks to Garda Grace Heffernan from Birr /Ferbane Division for highlighting this project to school management and we hope Ross is the first of many students to be recognised. Official photo will follow.