Music forms a very important part of the curriculum at Carrigeen. Piano Accordion and Tin Whistle are taught by the teacher of Junior classes, Mrs. Brigid Usher. She teaches tinwhistle for half an hour every thursday evening to the girls of third, fourth, fifth and sixth classes and on Tuesdays,Wednesdays and Saturdays, Piano Accordion.
Throughout the year competitions
are held locally and countrywide. There is an annual competition
in Mooncoin known as "Féile Cois Siúire".Schools from
the South of Kilkenny and Waterford attend. Its aim is to promote
Irish culture.During this week children sing,act out Drama in
Irish, recite poems, have Agallamh Beirte, play tinwhistle, play
the Accordion,and enter band competitions.
The children from Carrigeen do quite well and have won many prizes.
Accordion Competitions are held all over the country. The main competitions we enter are, "Castletown Accordion Festival" and the All Ireland Accordion Festival. Entries come from many counties and we make new friends.
On Saturday, 12th and Sunday 13th April, there was an important accordion competition being held in Ennis, Co. Clare. All age groups were welcome, and there was enjoyment had by all. Our school, Carrigeen, entered in such events as duets, solos, bands and alot more other things. We came home with quite a few trophies and medals. It was quite a long journey up, but it was well worth it! In a few weeks time, there is another competition on, which is called "Feile Cois Suire" and I am sure we will do well in this too! Even if we do not get any prizes, we will have done our best. Twelve Carrigeen School pupils came 4th in events, and myself (Nora) and Claire Anderson, past pupil, came third in a duet.
This is written by:
Nora Dunphy and Emma Phelan of sixth class.
We arrived in Ennis at around quarter to nine. We had to play at half past nine. Half nine came and I was numbered between 1 - 5. That was for our solo part. It wasn't too long after that when we had to play our duet. Cathy Healy and myself, Eleanor Walsh, were in the duet together. We were number 7. After the duet, they gave out the results. We had good news, we had come 1st in the duet! We received a plaque each.
Eleanor Walsh of Fifth Class
Preparing for a session