The 2nd Wicklow Garda Youth Awards took place on Saturday the 4th of February in the Grand Hotel, Wicklow town.
The awards were sponsored by the County Wicklow Partnership and were hosted by Today FM DJ Philip Cawley.
For the next 5 days Wicklownews.net will post a picture and bio of one of the winning recipients, today we have Rachel Crimes and Marc Brady .
Two young students from Colaiste Chraobh Abhainn in Kilcoole. Marc and Rachel are two 5th year students with a flair for the Irish language and a grá for Gaelige. They were nominated by their teacher Ruairi Farrell. Last year these two brought their love of Gaelige into the community and inspired others to give the language a try.
They felt students had a poor attitude to the Irish language and felt the problem lay with how Irish was taught in schools. They did some research in their local primary school and from their surveys they learned that young children found learning the language boring because of the use of role learning in classrooms. Marc and Rachel felt they had a solution to this problem and in an attempt to bring the fun back into Irish they created “Teange Spraoi”. Teanga Spraoi is a fun interactive board game for children that makes learning the language fun and educational at the same time.
Once Marc and Rachel had developed the game they contacted schools from North Dublin down as far as Wexford. They visited all the schools themselves personally and introduced the game to the children. The feedback on the game was exceptional. Even students with state exam exemptions for Irish got involved and enjoyed it. The students then made the games available to buy for parents so the students could continue learning in their homes as well as in the school environment. Both Marc and Rachel not only showed initiative and drive but they represented their schools and county particularly with their bubbly personalities, patience and kindness.
Full list of award winners
Special achievement category, Michael O’Brien, Martina Conyard, Rachel Casey, Lee Timmons, Timothy and Christopher Hopkins.
Group category, Glenealy Foroige Youth Club, Greystones Community Summer Project, Seomra Youth Centre in Bray, Newtownmountkennedy Senior Youth Group, Arklow Sea Venture Scout Unit and Marc Brady and Rachel Crimes from Colaiste Chraobh Abhainn in Kilcoole.