Glasgow Schools Celebrate St Patrick’S Day 2010


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Over 1000 Glasgow School children were invited to a free St Patrick's Day Concert in the City Halls on Monday 15 March 2010.The event was organised by the garngad irish heritage Group and the City Education Department.The Irish are Glasgows largest Ethnic group.

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Glasgow Schools Celebrate St Patrick’S Day 2010

  1. 1. Glasgow Schools celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2010 Glasgow City Halls Monday 15 March 2010
  2. 2. Glasgow Education Department and the Glasgow Irish Community <ul><li>Glasgow City Council recognises the Irish Community as the largest and most established Ethnic group in the city. </li></ul><ul><li>Since 2009 The Education Department and the Garngad Irish Heritage Group of the Irish Diaspora in Scotland Association have worked together to produce a free concert of Irish culture for Glasgow School children. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Glasgow Schools St Patrick’s Day Concert 2010 <ul><li>The demand for places was so high last year that the concert had to be moved to the larger City Halls in Candleriggs. </li></ul><ul><li>Over 1000 children from 23 city schools attended. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Celebrating St Patrick with the Glasgow Irish Community <ul><li>The City School children also had a chance to enter an Art Competition. </li></ul><ul><li>They had to produce a piece of work inspired by the Irish writer Patrick McGills’ poem ‘On Broomielaw Quay’ </li></ul><ul><li>The competition was judged by Frank Boyle, Scotland's leading Political Cartoonist. </li></ul><ul><li>Frank is third from the left. </li></ul>
  5. 5. On Broomielaw Quay by Patrick Mc Gill The Donegal navvy Poet <ul><li>November’s wind tonight is raw </li></ul><ul><li>And whips the Clyde to foam; </li></ul><ul><li>I watch here on the Broomielaw </li></ul><ul><li>The harvesters go home. </li></ul><ul><li>Oh, luck is theirs, and blest are they </li></ul><ul><li>Who cross the sea of Moyle; </li></ul><ul><li>To see again at dawning grey </li></ul><ul><li>The waters of the Foyle. </li></ul><ul><li>To-morrow night on starlit ways </li></ul><ul><li>They’ll go to a loved door, </li></ul><ul><li>And sit with kin by hearths ablaze </li></ul><ul><li>In Rosses or Gweedore. </li></ul><ul><li>No welcome warm, </li></ul><ul><li>no lighted pane, </li></ul><ul><li>Now waits me in the West; </li></ul><ul><li>And sorrow keener than the rain </li></ul><ul><li>Lies heavy on my breast. </li></ul><ul><li>Yet longing often draws me where </li></ul><ul><li>The boats for Ireland start; </li></ul><ul><li>They take an unseen passenger- </li></ul><ul><li>My homeless Irish heart. </li></ul><ul><li>Like wild geese in their homing flight </li></ul><ul><li>These toilers homeward draw, </li></ul><ul><li>And leave me lonely in the night </li></ul><ul><li>Upon the Broomielaw. </li></ul><ul><li>Patrick Mc Gill was born in Donegal in 1890. He was ‘hired out’ at a fair as a seasonal worker at the age of 12. By the time he was 15 he joined a group of seasonal migratory workers on their way to Scotland to help with the potato harvest and raise money for his family in Ireland. </li></ul><ul><li>He spent the next few years traveling about Scotland working in all types of places. Amazingly, when one considers his little formal education he became a journalist at the age of 21working for a London Newspaper.He is now known as the ‘navvy poet’ and author of several books on his experiences as a Navvy in Scotland. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The winner of the Schools Art Competition was Alice Deasy from St Convals School Glasgow <ul><li>Her art work evoked the loneliness of the poem and her intricate heart was very detailed. </li></ul>
  7. 7. 2 nd Place went to a pupil from Barmulloch Primary.
  8. 8. Joint 3 rd place was awarded to a pupil from Barmulloch Primary
  9. 9. Joint 3 rd was awarded to a pupil from Sacred Heart Primary Bridgeton
  10. 10. Glasgow Schools St Patrick’s Concert 2010 <ul><li>Children arrived dressed to have a great time. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers had worked with classes to have an Irish theme </li></ul>
  11. 11. St.James Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann 18 young musicians from Pollok, all under 12 years of age played a seamless selection of Irish Traditional music. <ul><li>If we lose our culture and heritage we lose our identity. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Caroline Greenes Irish Dancers A 16 hand interpretation of Yeats poem ‘The Wild swans at Coole <ul><li>The children loved it!! </li></ul>
  13. 13. Glasgow Irish Group Anarkali set the crowd dancing in the aisles.
  14. 14. Anarkali
  15. 15. The Friel Sisters <ul><li>Clare, Anna and Shiela have played support to top Traditional groups including Altan and the Chieftains. They recently played at the Donegal person of the year award in Dublin where they played with Daniel O’Donnell. </li></ul><ul><li>Flute trick – Anna and Shiela have a hand on each others flute and manage to play a tune. </li></ul>
  16. 16. The Dancers revenge - Not Stavros Flately First there was Flately and Riverdance, then there was Stavros Flately Now we have NOT STAVROS FLATELY. Hilarious
  17. 17. The Children loved the concert
  18. 18. Helping to break down prejudices. <ul><li>Each child was presented with an Irish Flag and a ‘goody’ bag of Irish items. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Celebrating Diversity The Irish are Glasgow's Largest Ethnic Minority <ul><li>More schools now feel confident enough to celebrate St.Patrick’s Day. </li></ul><ul><li>Irish flags are a legitimate expression of Irish identity. </li></ul>
  20. 20. The Irish – Scotland’s Largest and most established Ethnic Minority Group. <ul><li>For more information on the Irish community in Scotland visit </li></ul><ul><li>For more information on the work of the Garngad Irish Heritage Group visit </li></ul><ul><li>To view the evening concert visit- </li></ul>