8th October 2010
Schoolgirls from Scotland have won the maximum possible two of the three prizes in the ‘Ri Chèile’ international public speaking competition which took place in the Isle of Skye at the end of last week.
Christina Louise MacLeod from the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway won the overall prize with her speech on, ‘Music and the influence it has on us’.
Christina Hay from Taigh-crábhaidh Loreto, Milford won the first prize for the Irish speakers and Eilidh NicDhonnchaidh from Portree High School on the Isle of Skye who won the best Scottish speaker prize.
Christina Louise who won Ri Chèile 2010 said; “I enjoyed the event so much. It’s great that young people are given this opportunity to get to know each other and their languages and cultures. I was delighted to make new friends and we’re all grateful to Comunn na Gàidhlig and Gael Linn for making this possible for us.”
This is the 7th time the Ri Chèile event has taken place. It alternates between Scotland and Ireland on an annual basis. This year we were all together in the North East of the Isle of Skye. The Forum is arranged each year by Comunn na Gàidhlig (CnaG) in Scotland and Gael Linn in Ireland with support from the Colm Cille project who are funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Foras na Gaeilge.
Pupils came from different areas in northern and southern Ireland with pupils from Tain, East Kilbride, Cumbernauld, Glasgow, Dingwall, Portree and Stornoway. As well as the debate itself they took a tour to Quirang and visited the Isle of Skye Museum.
Donald MacNeill, Chief Executive of Comunn na Gàidhlig said; “I think it’s really important to give young people interesting opportunities like this to learn and use their Gaelic and Gaeilge skills. They have a good level of mutual understanding because the two languages and cultures are so similar. We also hope that such an event encourages young people to continue to learn Gaelic.”
Amongst this year’s topics were; ‘Should unhealthy food be taxed?’, ‘Drama courses in Ireland’, ‘Should crofting be dependant on sales?’ and ‘Sports on Gaelic television’.