Drogheda Independent 1884-current, 14.09.1907, page 4
ST. MARGARET’S BRANCH
At the annual general meeting of this blanch, held on Thursday week last, it was decided to change the language class night from Thursday to Tuesday ; it was also decided to hold the annual concert au Sunday, October 6th. Work was begun on Tuesday evening last when a good crowd turned in, including some new members. All others who intend joining the branch should do so now, as there is a beginners class started.
The above branch has been doing little or no-thing during the summer months, and will bring its scattered forces to-morrow (Sunday evening) in the ” Dun na nGaedeal” for a short entertainment or branch ” Ceilid ” which is to be the formal opening of another session of hard work and study for the Gaelic revival. All members and intending members are requested to be in attendance at 8 30 sharp. At our monthly committee meeting on Sunday evening last, it was resolved to recommence the class work immediately and to organise a concert in the near ‘future. Next meeting on Tuesday every next, at 8.39 sharp.
Granted fine weather to-morrow, the pro-gramme arranged by above branch should be carried to a successful issue. A start will be made at 3 o’clock with the hurling match—Fiogai v Rathmines—and a rattling good game may be expected. A representative team of Fingallians has been chosen, and selected players are requested to be in attendance at half. past 2, in order that the match may be started punctually at 3. After the hurling a programme of athletic events will be gone through. Tiny include—boys’ race, half mile (men), sack race, pole jump, tug-of-war, and a confined bicycle race. Good prizes will be given in each event. To finish up, an aeridheacht will be held. Contributors will include—songs, Messrs M`Glynn, O’Byrne, Grimes, Misses Bryan, Hughes, etc’ dances by Messrs Cuffe, Kiernao, etc ; pipe selections by Mr D’Arcy, and recitations by Mr O’Byrne.
On next Monday evening, 16th, at 7.30, the above branch opens the year’s work. The present arrangement of classes is as follows :—Monday evening—Lessons on the direct method. Tuesday —Reading, writing. Wednesday—Singing, tonic sol fa. Friday—Irish dancing. Lessons on the direct method will consist wholly, of conversational lessons. Beginners can join this class. The test books will be An t11615 bOitiea part I ; handbook of Irish Mac Henry part I. It is hoped to secure a teacher of dancing shortly. Balbriggan will then be able to remove the stigma of having no step dancers. It is to be distinctly understood that only those who are bona fide members of the language classes will be allowed to attend the dancing class.
Subscription to language and singing classes zd per week. Mr Tomas O’Colman, N T, has kindly consented to teach the language and singing classes. During the winter session arrangements will be made to have readings and lectures on history, music, temperance, economics, etc. The committee gratefully acknowledge the following subscriptions in answer to the recent appeal :—Mr P Cuonsky, Tankerville, ins ; Mr M Sharkey, Drogheda street, 5s ; Mr Wm Cumisky, Drogheda street, 5s. Subscriptions thankfully received and acknowledged by Mr James M‘Glew or Mr T O’Colman.