Passionate Call for a Gaelic-medium secondary school in Lewis
A passionate call for a Gaelic-medium Secondary School in Lewis was made on Tuesday 24th September by a student of at an international public speaking competition in Belfast. Speaking at Ri Chèile the Scottish:Irish public speaking competition, Peigi Ann Scott spoke of the need for an environment which supported young people to grow up fully fluent and comfortable in Gaelic in the various areas of life, and said that a Gaelic-medium Secondary School was essential, even for young people like her from a strongly Gaelic-speaking family on the west side of Lewis, and essential for Gaelic in the island as a whole.
Peigi Ann won the Scottish section of the competition, Jack Walsh from Coláiste Eoin, an Irish-medium school in North Dublin was the overall winner, while Cuisle Nic Liam from St Dominic’s Grammar School in Belfast won the Ulster section.
50 students and teachers came to Belfast for Ri Chèile which gives young people an opportunity to experience of Scottish and Irish Gaelic outside their own area, and to share language and culture. As well as the public speaking competition, there was a range of social and cultural activities in the Cultúrlann, the Titanic Quarter and elsewhere.. Gael Linn and Comunn na Gàidhlig (CnaG)_ organised this as an annual event, and it is funded by Colmcille, a partnership programme of Foras