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Our Lady’s College, Greenhills, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Ceiliúradh Week

“Ceiliúradh” March 2023.

Arts Week in Our Lady’s College, Greenhills  

“ Involvement with the many forms of art can enable us to see more in our experience, to hear more on normally unheard frequencies, to become conscious of what daily routines have obscured, what habit and convention have suppressed”    Maxine Greene

Students and teachers at Our Lady’s College, Greenhills have for the past week been expressing themselves and engaging with the Arts in myriad forms in the school’s annual celebration of drama, film, photography, poetry, story-telling, painting, crafting, singing and dance. In a week dedicated to the unleashing of imagination, students availed of exciting opportunities to escape daily school routine, cast aside habit and convention and escape the confines of comfort zones to express themselves in new and sometimes challenging ways.

Competition in the door decorating event has been fierce with teachers and their students vying for the much-coveted title of “Most Inspiring Door” with themes ranging from “Wisdom-Winnie the Pooh Style” to “One Direction”, “Butterfly Flights of Fancy” “Hot Air Balloon in Tissue, “Inspiring Women” and “Curious Giraffes”!

Some of the week’s artistic offerings included a very popular song-writing workshop with Tullyallen native Mary Gantley, this year’s Hot Country TV’s Singer/Songwriter of the Year”, performances by the very talented eighteen year old singer and busker Saibh Skelly and a creative writing workshop with award winning poet Eileen Casey. Senior Art students enjoyed a print workshop with artist and Greenhills past pupil Amy Kiernan and a talk from prominent artist Margaret Corcoran whose work features in major public and private collections detailing the life of a busy working painter in Ireland

The culinary arts also featured in a much in demand cake decorating event and a creative cookery competition and camera buffs were treated to a series of master classes in the art of photography.

Traditional Irish music legend Seán Ó Sé (of An Poc ar Buile fame) spoke to TY students via Zoom from his native Cork. Students were treated to a colourful overview of the sean nós singer’s illustrious career in music, his friendship and long association with Seán Ó Riada as well as wonderful memories of performing with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Seán has a personal connection with Greenhills as his daughter Íde is an English and German teacher in the school.

As always in Our Lady’s College, trad .sessions, individual music recitals, orchestral performances and lots of singers thrilled audiences throughout the week and some previously hidden talent was revealed!

And for the first time this year a poetry “doctor” was on call at lunchtime throughout the week to dispense of some rejuvenating poetry “medicine”.

Well done to Team Greenhills on a very colourful, lively and inclusive whole school celebration of youth, ideas and creative energy.