40 Bliain ag fás, Is ocáid lárnach ‘An Céilí Mór’ i saol na scoile i gColáiste Mhuire. Bíonn idir dhaltaí agus múinteoirí ag tnúth leis. This tradition started back in 1977 and it is a focal point for the school community ever since with great numbers attending each year. It all began in the ‘old school’ where it was initially centred in the Gospel hall. It later moved as the number rose and girls became part of the school community to the main hall where it remained until the final year in the old school building in 2015. That hall was full of many fond memories and we are now enjoying the transition of making new memories in our new state of the art school. Over 280 students enjoyed the night this year. With the retirement of Mr O’ Náraigh and Mr. Lambe in the Summer it was a big task to carry on the tradition and keep the spirit alive. Roinn na Gaeilge started their preparations over a month ago between ticket sales, dance practice, spot prizes, selfie corner and organising the evening. Beile Sun designed the poster to advertise the event in the school and first year student Dominick Sycha had the winning ticket design this year. This year a new Céilí band also joined us Seamus and Fidelma Bellew and exceeded expectations in keeping the Students on the floor all evening. Mr. Quinn helped students along by calling the dances on the night with Mr. O’ Náraigh stepping up to the microphone also. During the recess, a group of students gave an excellent display of their talent and Irish dancing skills prepared by Ms. O’ Hara. Dee, Clíodhna, Oisín, Megan, Jade and Eoghan gave a display of their tremendous talent which was watched by all on the night. The hall was decorated to the highest standards by the very creative Art Department along with the Wood work Department which transformed it from a gym to a Christmas wonderland not forgetting to mention David our caretaker who helped us out with decorations and lights. Mr. Martin organised a visit of the Guinness PRO14 Trophy and the European Rugby Champions Cup Trophy which was a great opportunity for students to take a picture with the Rugby trophies.
The night ended with Amhráin na bhFiann and many tired students headed home. The Marist look forward to many more years of the Céilí Mór where young people can have a great night of music and dancing. This is an annual school event made possible by all the staff and all the departments that volunteer their free time before and on the evening. Thank you to all who created memories for our students.