Seachtain na Gaeilge: Passing on my love for Irish to young students in Italy
Seachtain na Gaeilge: Speaking Irish in… Varese, Italy
Eoin Pól Ó Rúis taught Irish in Coláiste Choilm in Swords for many years, but always had a love for Italy. Now he is teaching the modh coinníollach in the European School at Varese, Italy.
The European School system is very different to Ireland’s, and the students study a variety of subjects and languages, from mother tongue to a fourth or even fifth foreign language. There is a natural aptitude among the pupils, and it is incredible how they move with apparent ease from one language to another.
The multi-lingual environment and the example of the students has also inspired me to work at my French, and I find myself starting a sentence in one language and finishing it in another, bringing about much hilarity as I struggle to find the correct word for the correct occasion. My revenge provides for very amusing times when some of my colleagues and I get together to play badminton after school, and they are obliged to keep the score in Irish just as I have learned to do in German or Italian.