Irish language school launches Christmas cards

A new Irish language primary school uses Christmas cards to help promote the use of the Irish language.

Gaelscoil Áine’s parents on Mobhi Road, Dublin use specially designed Christmas cards to promote Gaeilge’s use and raise money for the school.

“Wishing someone a Merry Christmas by saying nollaig shona helps keep the beautiful Irish language alive,” said Tarsila Krüse, children’s book illustrator and school parent.

Krüse has designed a series of Christmas cards (cartaí na nollaig) with Irish greetings which are sold to raise funds for the school.

She said she hoped the cards would help spread the use of the Irish language as well as the holiday cheer.

“Irish language Christmas cards are generally hard to come by and I wanted to create a variety that would look cheerful and festive and would suit a wide variety of people,” the artist said.

Krüse, originally from Brazil but living in Dublin for almost 15 years, is a renowned children’s book artist and illustrator whose work includes the covers of RTÉ Guide Christmas magazine in 2019 and 2020.

His illustrations can also be found in books such as My Little Album of Ireland, Percy Péacóg and the two award-winning Ná Gabh ar Scoil and the CD-book Bliain na nAmhrán.

“The cards are made to the highest quality standards and feature a cute fox and a hare sitting under the stars on a log in the snow sharing a mug of hot chocolate,” she said.

“The cards cover different aspects of Irish culture at Christmas with elements that are both traditional and modern and that look and feel welcoming.

“We sell them as a pack of ten cards for € 10 to help Gaelscoil Áine raise funds for important resources at school, although I also think that is a nice way to contribute a bit of Irish in people’s lives. “

Gaelscoil Áine opened in September 2019 and offers parents a new mixed Irish language school that is both multiconfessional and multilingual.

The school is under the patronage of An Foras Patrúnachta, a governing body founded in 1993 to promote education through Irish.

The school is temporarily located in the third floor building of Whitehall College on Mobhi Road, Drumcondra, pending a permanent location.

It currently has 70 students with a huge demand for places in the school.

All proceeds from the sale of Gaelscoil Áine cartaí na nollaig will go to the school to fund much needed educational resources, such as books and sports equipment.

You can buy the cards online at Shop in Ireland Or on Tarsila Kruse’s website .

Cards will also be on sale at the Outdoor Christmas Craft Market at Dublin National Botanic Gardens on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 December from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sylvester L. Goldfarb