Armagh’s annual Irish language summer camp, Campa Mhacha, will take place this year between Monday 3 July and Friday 7 July. The popular camp, now in its eleventh year, is organised by city-based community group CAIRDE Teo for children who attend Irish medium primary schools. The first part of the camp is for children between Rang 1 and Rang 3 and activities on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will include arts and crafts, games and music, as well as a boat trip around Kinnegoe Marina near Lurgan and a trip to Carlingford. The second part of the camp is for children between Rang 4 and Rang 7 and takes place on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and will include trips to Carlingford, Epic Museum in Dublin and Exploris Aquarium in Portaferry.
The annual summer camp has proven to be a big hit over recent years and is regarded as one of the Irish language social highlights of the year for the young Gaels of Armagh. The primary aim of the Camp is to encourage local children to use spoken Irish outside the school environment. Camp activities will take place between 10am and 4pm. Activities will be based at the Navan Centre on Monday and Tuesday, and trips on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will leave from Armagh City Hotel. Children must bring a packed lunch each day and have appropriate clothing for that day’s activities.
Applications for this year’s camp are now open and forms are available in the Cairde Teo office, which is located in the Irish language and Celtic craft shop Cult Úr, in the Armagh City Shopping Centre on Thomas Street. For further details or to register your child for this unique cultural experience, please contact CAIRDE Teo’s office on 028 (048) 37 515229 or e.mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, visit the CAIRDE Teo facebook page or you can reach us on Twitter at @cairdeteo.