Muintir na Gaelscoile ag Tabhairt Aghaidh ar Inis Mór

On June 21st a group of families from Gaelscoil Aonach Urmhumhan met at the ferry terminal at Ros a’Mhíl in the heart of the Conamara Gaeltacht to head towards Inis Mór and a weekend of craic, ceol, caint agus spastóireacht ar an oileán atá ársa agus nua-aoiseach ag an am chéile. Bhí an fharraige chiúin ar an dturas isteach agus de réir a shroicheamar Cill Rónáin, scaip na scamaill agus tháinig an ghrian a d’fhan linn ar feadh an deireadh seachtaine uilig.


There were 23 in the group in total, Muintirí Uí Mhaoileáin, Uí Éanáin, Uí Bhroin, Mhic Ghearailt, Uí Dhúlaigh & Uí Shúilleabháin agus bhualamar thall le beirt iarscoláirí a bhí ag freastal ar Choláiste Samhraidh ann, Lisa Ní hAimhircín agus Róisín Ní Shúilleabháin. As soon as we docked in Cill Rónáin the fun began, not least as we unloaded or rented our fleet of bicycles of all shapes and sizes. There are four ways to travel on the island, horse and cart, bus, bike or walking, ach dúinne b’é an rothar an modh taistil ab’oiriúnaí. Tá na bóithre go forleathan agus sábhailte agus le fhad 12km ar an oileáin bhí na rothair foirfe do gach aois.


We toured the island on Saturday visting the dún ársa Dún Aonghusa a tógadh ar imeall an domhain thiar long before memories began, as well as Poll na bPéist a naturally formed dronuilleog foirfe a bhí á réitiú do mhír an World Cliff Diving Series a bhí ag teacht go dtí an oileán an deireadh seachtaine i ndiaidh sin. Some of the women in the group were wondering an raibh aon do na tumadóirí ann roimh réidh chun cleachtadh a bhaint amach. Bhí muintir na h-oileáin lán scéitimíneach faoin ócáid sin, agus freisin faoin gcéiliúradh Oíche Naomh Eoin/St. John’s Eve/ Mid-summer’s Night that is marked with a great Tine Cnámh like much of the West of Ireland in times gone by.


Bhí craic den scoth againn ar oíche Shatharn le béile agus deoch nó dhó ag Tí Joe Watty, sár teach ósta agus lár-ionad siamsaíocht na h-oileán. It was a balmy evening and at 1AM, bhí na gasúir óga fós trying to get a rugby ball out of one of the few trees on the island. Sunday morning came gan Pócaí Folamh ná Cloigne Tinn agus thugamar aghaidh ar an aifreann, uair a’chloig séamh gan focal Béarla le chloisint. We spent the rest of Sunday afternoon re-visiting our favourite spots on the island and swimming in the bay – who needs Greece on a great day on the west coast! There were some new species of míol mór spotted in Cill Rónán harbour that day.


It was a great weekend, lán de chraic, comhluadar agus tairbhe den chultúr fhior-Ghaelach. Táimid fíor-bhuioch do mhuintir Árainn a chothaíonn an taisce iontach sin dúinn go léir, and the weekend definitely left us with a Taste of More.

 

 

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