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Mar 2009

Archives > A Word From The Principal - Archive > 2008-2009


Ceiliúradh Lá le Pádraig

Lá le Pádraig holds a very special place in the soul of Irish people throughout the world. It is such a special day that Irish people in various countries make a huge effort to meet up and celebrate being Irish and to think of relatives and friends back home. In St. Cronan's we believe that celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge is important in providing a connection between our pupils, our beautiful language, the heritage of St. Patrick and the faith he brought to our country in the year 432 A.D.

We recall the many customs and traditions associated with our national saint and it is very appropriate that our 6th class pupils will also celebrate receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation soon, given the real life role model Patrick makes for young people. To say that he 'followed his dream' with utter dedication and selflessness is a truth which we should dwell on in our country in these difficult economic times.

Many of the customs associated with St. Patrick's Day originated in Irish communities who had to travel far from home for a variety of reasons. It is wonderful that we celebrate our national feast in the company of our 'new Irish' friends who find themselves at home with us but far from their native countries. Our St. Patrick's Day Intercultural evening celebration is our way of bringing our multi-ethnic school community together to share our food, song and dance but most importantly, our friendship.

We are grateful to the committee for forging this important link as it reflects the core value which makes us, as well as all schools unique, the special oneness of our community of pupils and their families whom we serve.

'Ní neart go cur le chéile'

Vaughan Dodd
Principal


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