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Cruinnaght Aeg 13 July 2005

    A very successful week of Manx performing arts competitions for young people aged from four to sixteen was held last week, mainly in Ramsey at Auldyn School and Ramsey Grammar School. Cruinnaght Aeg

    The competitions, organised jointly by Manx National Heritage and the Department of Education, culminated in a concert of participants on the Friday evening of Ramsey's National Week. Awards were presented after the concert by Mr John Cain, Director of Education, who commented on the high quality of entries and thanked parents and teachers for their support of the young people involved with the event.

    More than half the Island's schools and junior cultural groups took part, with just under three hundred individual entries in song, instrumental music, dance, and the spoken word in Manx and English, and with group entries from schools from infants' to secondary levels.

    Auldyn School, whose Head Teacher Joy Brew is retiring this month, were again particularly successful, winning trophies at Infant level in Singing (joint winners with Bun-scoill Ghaelgagh), Instrumental Music, Dance and Recitation.

    A new idea this year was to hold the Manx language competitions at the Old School, St. Johns, which is home to Bun-scoill Ghaelgagh and also the base for the Manx Language peripatetic teachers' team, Unnid Gaelgagh. Some excellent recitations were given, with Voirrey Bethune of Bun-scoill Ghaelgagh winning the Primary Schools' trophy and Gemma Hurst of Castle Rushen High School winning the Secondary Schools' trophy.

    Education Officer for Manx National Heritage, Fiona McArdle said:

    “Manx cultural competitions and concerts such as this are a showcase for the Island's young talent and a tribute to those who have taught them their skills. Plans are in place for next year’s Cruinnaght Aeg and it is hoped that 2006 will see another successful event”.

    Full results of the Cruinnaght Aeg competitions will be published shortly.

    13th July 2005

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