There were great celebrations in Dublin and Roscommon last week after Scoil Mhuire Convent Primary School, Roscommon town, were crowned All-Ireland champions by winning Féile Drámaíochta (as reported in the Roscommon People last week).
The successful Scoil Mhuire play is called Rí na Leon (the Lion King), a musical production co-written by one of the sixth-class teachers, Aidín Ní Dhonnchadha, with her father Tomás Ó Donnchadha, a well-known Gaeilgeoir, teacher and actor.
The other co-producers with Aidín were Kate Crehan and Clodagh McNamara, both sixth class teachers.
Sixth-class pupils from Scoil Mhuire are tops in Ireland after not only winning their category but also winning the overall prize, Scothléiriú an Fhéile.
Schools from throughout the country took part in this prestigious competition, which included county and provincial finals before the ‘All-Ireland’ was staged.
Making the Roscommon school’s achievement all the more noteworthy is the fact that, unlike many of the other entrants, Scoil Mhuire does not have Irish as its first language. Indeed Roscommon is the only Connacht county outside of Galway to ever win this award.
A delegation of pupils and teachers from Scoil Mhuire were presented with the prize in Croke Park on Wednesday, May 11th. The presentation was made by Joe McHugh, the Minister of State for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and by Deputy Mayor of Dublin, Micheál Mac Donncha.
The award was accepted by a six-strong delegation of the pupils and teachers involved. Following the presentation ceremony in Croke Park, the group returned to Scoil Mhuire where celebrations were hosted by the school’s Parents’ Association.