Kilkenny Gaelscoil to march in the New York St Patricks Day Parade

28 students from a gaelscoil in Kilkenny are in New York today (17 March 2017) to march in the St Patrick's Day parade.

Coláiste Pobail Osraí, the only Irish medium secondary school in Kilkenny, are this year celebrating their 25th anniversary.

Over 2 million people gather on the streets of New York City to watch the parade first hand, and over 60 million watch it being broadcast around the world.

The group of transition year students will be taking over the Snapchat of Conradh na Gaeilge as part of the final celebrations of Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia, which ends today. Followers of the account will be able to follow the lives updates from the streets of New York as Gaeilge. The account handle is @CnaGaeilge.

Brian McCormack, the Coláiste Pobail Osraí transition year class representative, said:

“We have a really busy schedule planned over the five day trip. We’ll be visiting the Empire State Building before we march in the parade to fit in as much sight seeing as we can! It’s going to be an amazing experience – one that we’ll remember for life.”

Síomha Ní Ruairc, Executive Officer for Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia, said:

"We’re delighted that an Irish medium school received an invite to walk in the biggest parade in the world as part of the St Patricks Day festival celebrations. It’s a brilliant opportunity also to celebrate the last day of Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia – it’s an international festival with events being held all over the world as part of it. It’s great that it’s being celebrated on a different continent on it’s final day.”

Associated Organisations of Conradh na Gaeilge