by Róisín Curé in Galway
Yesterday I missed my daughter's Dráma na Nollaig (Christmas Play) for the very first time because I was teaching. I suppose that's a good reason, but I was still very sorry to miss it. So when I heard the kids would be singing carols at the shopping mall in Oranmore, I insisted my daughter take part, as I want to hear them all. My son came too, even though he was a bit conflicted - he wanted to hear the carols, but he's in his mid-teens and very shy, so wasn't too into the idea of bumping into old classmates from his time in the school.
The carols were lovely, the kids looked gorgeous. All three of us enjoyed it: I sketched, my son floated about perfectly happily, disguised in a huge coat, and my daughter sang away in a hat with Santa going down the chimney. You can see the hat in the crowd.
Tommy Keane played guitar. He's a well-known traditional musician and we are so lucky to have him as a teacher. Múinteoir (teacher) Cormac led the choir and he's just the best. My daughter had him as her teacher for a year and he always followed maths with music (his two passions) and so the kids always looked forward to maths.
A few of the kids from my art class were in the choir and I have a very soft spot for them, so I was thrilled to sketch them. They're my special ones.
Merry Christmas from all the kids in Gaelscoil de hÍde, Galway!!