Armagh’s annual Irish language summer camp, Campa Mhacha, will take place this year at the Navan Centre between Monday 4 July and Friday 8 July. The popular camp, now in its tenth year, is organised by city-based community group CAIRDE Teo for children who attend Irish medium primary schools. The first camp is for children between Rang 1 and Rang 3 and activities include games, music, storytelling and art, as well as the Navan Fort Warrior School and a trip to Tannaghmore Gardens and Animal Farm. The second camp is for children between Rang 4 and Rang 7 and includes activities such as drama, sports and art, with a trip to the Ulster Folk and Transport museum and a special history visit to Dublin to commemorate 100 years from the Easter Rising.
The primary aim of Campa Mhacha is to encourage local children to use spoken Irish outside of the school environment. Camp activities will take place between 10am and 4pm. 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. Spaces are limited and will only be secured on receipt of a £10 deposit.
The camp receives partial financial assistance from the Education Authority’s Youth Service and from Foras na Gaeilge. However, a nominal surcharge of £30 for a first child and £25 for sunsequent children is required to cover the costs of delivering a high quality, professional summer camp. A limited number of places are still available for this year’s camp. For further details or to register tour child for this unique cultural experience, please contact Cairde Teo’s office on 028 3751 5229 or email email@example.com. Alternatively, visit the Cairde Teo Facebook page or you can reach us on Twitter at @Cairdeteo.