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More to Irish than chalk and talk

  PUPILS at Gaelscoil na bhFilí in Gort recently welcomed children from Gaelscoileanna in Ennis and Galway City to join them for a sports and interactive open day. Over the two-day event, children used interactive white boards and iPads to learn and experience digital story telling. Technology workshops allowed the children to use Photostory, record songs and create an ebook, which included video and sound. The children also competed in a hurling and football blitz. In the art classes, the children designed and made their own Hallowe’en masks. Principal Bríd Ní Dhochartaigh described the two-day event as a positive learning experience for all the children involved and stressed the importance of building links with other schools in the promotion of Irish as a living language.“The children had an absolutely fantastic time and the adults who came in couldn’t believe how proficient the children were at using iPads and how they had no hesitation in embracing technology,” she commented. “We held …

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Gort gets ready to play

GORT’S new playground will officially open on Saturday, November 17 it was revealed this week. The opening will be marked by the Mad Hatter’s Party at 2pm incorporating games, a maddest hat competition and balloon release. Work is ongoing at the site on the Ennis road and will be completed in the coming weeks. Martin Aherne, of Gort Playground Group, is happy with the progress. “Obviously, we know what we have and what is going in but still, it is hard not to be surprised when we go down to the site. We asked companies and individuals to help us out funding the event but then we have had lots of others just coming up and giving us money or sponsoring equipment. Generally, people were fantastic. They really came up trumps and gave donations constantly. Our biggest contributors by far were Pat and Jean Collins who donated €80,000 at the beginning. If they hadn’t done that, we would be another …

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