Music magic for Scoil Mhuire pupils
The pupils involved in the Scoil Mhuire Rosslare Music Programme make their music all year round but with the season that's in it, what better time to show off their talent to the masses.
Crowds from Rosslare and beyond came to their annual Christmas fair to browse stalls, devour mince pies and most importantly, listen to some Christmas tunes. Throughout the afternoon, the students sang some festive tunes while their teacher Peter McCamley accompanied them on the guitar.
The fair is an important fundraising event for the Scoil Mhuire Rosslare School Music programme - an initiative that gives children the opportunity to play music for a small fee. The programme, which is open to pupils from second class and above in the school, currently has 50 members who are learning the violin, cello or flute. Pupils can also have the opportunity to get involved in the choir.
'Very few others have the kind of programme we have,' explained Mary O'Connor from the Rosslare Music Society. 'For a very small donation, we give children an instrument and a book. Each year, we send two children to study with the school of music. We announce this at our end of year concert.'
Peter McCamley has been teaching flute to the pupils for three years. This year, he has also been teaching the basics to the younger children. According to him, fundraisers such as the Christmas fair are key to the programme's survival.
'The event raises money so that we can give children music classes and with this support, we can hopefully keep on doing it,' he said. 'Music is an integral part of education.'
Another aim of the annual fair is to bring people from the community together.
'At this time of year, when it's only the residents around, it's a nice way to bring people together,' explained Mary.