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The work of Cumann na bhFiann


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The work of Cumann na bhFiann

  1. 1. Coláiste na bhFiann Teo. Coláiste na bhFiann (Summer Colleges) Cumann na bhFiann (Youth Services and After-care)
  2. 2.   Background     Coláiste na bhFiann Teo was founded in 1968 in Rosmuc, with a total of 60 students attending. Currently there are over 2,000 students who attend every summer throughout 17 courses. Early in the Seventies, Cumann na bhFiann was founded as an after-care service. This service is now open to anyone who is happy to speak Irish at the clubs and activities.   Cumann na bhFiann gives young people between the ages of 9 and 18 a chance to use Irish as a living language outside of the Education system. Social interaction is one of the most important things in a young person’s life, so it is important that they can spend some of their time through Irish at organised events they are interested in. It’s important that a wide range of activities covering the most popular interests are included, such as music, art, drama, technology, Sport/Athletics of all kinds and outdoor trips. Who are attending the clubs? * Those who attended Coláiste na bhFiann courses (60%) * Those who attended other summer courses (10%) * Those who attend a Gaelscoil or Gaelcholáiste (10%) * Others (20%)  
  3. 3. Coláiste na bhFiann Summer Colleges As at 2011
  4. 4. Coláiste na bhFiann Cumann na bhFiann As at 2011/2012
  5. 5. <ul><li>Droim Rí  /Drumree </li></ul><ul><li>For many years we have recommended a Youth Centre as part of the national Irish Language structure for young people. Using Wales as an example, Cumann na bhFiann are currently working to achieve this aim.  </li></ul><ul><li>Amongst the services which will be provided at the Droim Rí site are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Special Interest weekends - Music, Drama, Technology, Sports etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fun Days for Gaelscoileanna as School trips </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weekly Camps for Transition Year students, emphasising learning through activities. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family Weekends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Training/Meeting centre for Organisations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Centre which will be organised entirely through Irish. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>How does Cumann na bhFiann’s work achieve the main aims of the 20 year strategy? </li></ul><ul><li>A National network of Youth Clubs </li></ul><ul><li>Serving 3,000 young people annually through Clubs and Colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing young people to continue with Irish language activism, in terms of education, Irish organisations, working in public services etc. </li></ul><ul><li>An Irish language centre which adds to the services that are available to young people </li></ul><ul><li>An Irish language centre which is available for teacher training, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting development in the Gaeltacht </li></ul>