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Tupelo’s “Cá bhfuil ár Scoil?” has come straight in to the Irish singles charts at number 7.  The song released to highlight the shocking conditions of ‘temporary’ prefabs at Gaelscoil Bharra is the only Irish song in the top 20  and also the only song to enter the top 10 in its first week of release. 

There were great celebrations, in the knowledge that the song was likely to make the top 10,  at the Tupelo fundraiser on behalf of the school in ‘The Village’ on 22nd October.  People power put this song where it is.  The energy and enthusiasm displayed by the parents, pupils and teachers of Gaelscoil Bharra, as well as the band, in promoting the song was inspirational.  Lets hope  Tupelo’s top ten hit will energise and inspire the Minister into working with the Gaelscoil to get a new school built.  You can’t ignore us anymore – Cá bhfuil ár Scoil?

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Bhí ceiliúradh mór ag ceolchoirm Tupelo i ‘The Village’ ar an 22ú Deireadh Fómhair toisc go raibh áit sa ‘top ten’ bainte amach ag an amhrán “Cá bhfuil ár Scoil?”.  Is é an t-amhrán seo an t-aon amhrán ó Éireann sa céad fiche sna cairteacha agus an t-aon amhrán a bhfuil ag iarraidh pointe poiliticiúil a dhéanamh .  Tá an pointe sin déanta againn… an bhfuil tú ag éisteacht Batt – Cá bhfuil ár scoil?

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Make "Cá Bhfuil ár Scoil?" Number 1

Make "Cá Bhfuil ár Scoil?" Number 1

The song “Cá Bhfuil ár Scoil?”  (on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E4Q7Ui01mY ), highlighting poor conditions in Gaelscoil Bharra and the ongoing campaign for a permanent school, will be launched on 16th October in Tower Records Wiclow Street at 3pm by Gaelscoil Bharra pupils and Tupelo. 

 Help make this song number 1 by;

  • downloading from iTunes for 99c 
  •  texting “music 4075m” to 57501
  • buying special limited edition CD for €3 from Tower Records, Wicklow Street

1800 sales will get the song to number 1 in the Irish charts which we hope, if we manage it,  will put significant pressure  on the Minister for Education to take a proactive approach in ensuring this much needed school is built, instead of blaming others for holdups when the main culprits have been countless Ministers of Education, including the current incumbent.

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Chas pháistí ó Ghaelscoil Bharra agus an banna Tupelo an amhrán “Cá Bhfuil ár Scoil?” lasmuigh den Roinn Oideachais agus Eolaíochta ar an 15ú Deireadh Fómhair.  Chum James Cramer, príomh amhránaí Tupelo, an t-amhrán toisc an droch stad ina bhfuil an scoil a bhfuil lonnaithe i tithe réamhdheanta le 14 mbliain anuas.  Bhí slua mhór ó na mean cumarsáide (TV3 News, Nuach TG4 ) i láthair ar Sráid Maoilbhríde agus bhí ceangailt le Ronán Beo@3 ar RnaG.  Beidh scéal an t-amhrán agus na scoille á phlé ar ‘The Pat Kenny Show’  agus ar Newstalk Radio (Sean Moncrief agus Mark Coleman) comh mhaith. 

 Tá súil againn go n-éiríonn leis an t-amhrán uimhir 1 a bhaint amach agus go gcuirfidh an poiblíocht an tAire O’Keefe faoi bhrú le airgead a chuir ar fáil le foirgneamh buan a thógaint don scoil.

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Pupils of Gaelscoil Bharra and the band Tupelo serenaded Minister Batt O’Keeffe from outside the gates of Department of Education and Science with the song “Cá bhfuil ár Scoil?” on 15th October 2009.  The Minister better get used to it as he is likely to hear the tune again and again over the coming weeks as it hopefully rises to number 1 in the Irish charts.  Tupelo and the children of the Gaelscoil are releasing the song to highlight the dire condition of accomodation at the school.  The school has been housed in  ‘temporary’ prefabs for the past 14 years in conditions condemned by the Departments own inspectorate almost a decade ago.

Releasing “Cá Bhfuil ár Scoil?”, penned by Tupelo lead singer James Cramer, is a novel way of highlighting the scandalous conditions at the school and has attracted a high level of publicity with TV3 News, TG4 Nuacht and RonánBeo@3 on Raidio na Gaeltachta covering todays serenade of the Minister.  The song has also being covered by RTE News and Northside people and is to be covered by the Pat Kenny , Séan Moncrief and Mark Coleman radio shows in the coming days.

A golden ticket was accepted on behalf of the Minister inviting him to the Tupelo concert in The Village on 22nd October.  By then we hope Batt will know the lyrics off by heart and that he will have downloaded the single on iTunes,  his phone or bought the CD at the official launch of the song in Tower Records, Wicklow Street on the 16th of October. 

Following numerous renditions of the song the children, teachers, band and parent organisers got back on the bus, kindly provided by Terry, in the knowledge that while the Minister may not have turned up to pick up the golden ticket in person he is surely getting the message loud and clear – Cá bhfuil ár scoil? 

Congratulations to all who made today such a special day in the campaign for a new school !

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Tá páistí Gaelscoil Bharra, Cabrach agus an banna Tupelo ag eisiúint singil ar an 16ú Deireadh Fómhair 2009 mar cuid den feachtas ar son scoil buan taréis 14 mblian i tithe réamhdhéanta.

Cá bhfuil ár Scoil?” is ainm an amhrán agus beidh sé ar fáil le íoslódáil ó iTunes, i Tower Records (Bóthar Chill Mhantáin) nó téacs “music 4075m” go 57501. Cosnaíonn an íoslódáil agus téacs 99c agus an dlúth diosca €3.

 Cum James Cramer, príomh amhránaí Tupelo “Cá bhfuil ár Scoil?” taréis droch stad na tithe réamhdhéanta a fheiscint nuair a thosaigh a mhac Cian sa scoil i mbliana. Duirt James “Má eiríonn go maith leis an singil tá súil again go gcuirfidh sé brú ar an tAire Oideachais airgead a chuir ar fáil chun foirgneamh buan don scoil a thógaint.”

 Beidh Tupelo agus daltaí Gaelscoil Bharra ag seint an amhrán lasmuigh den Roinn Oideachais agus ag lainseáil an singil i Tower Records mar cuid den feachtas. Beidh ceolchoirm ag an mbanna i ‘The Village’ freisin leis an airgead ag dul don Gaelscoil.

 I Feabhra 2000 taréis cúirt ar Gaelscoil Bharra duirt cigire ón Roinn Oideachais “the deplorable state of the temporary accommodation makes it imperative that the planning process be initiated as soon as possible”. 9 bliain níos deanaí tá an scoil fós lonnaithe i cóiríocht sealadach a bhfuil fuar sa Geimhreadh ró teith sa Samhradh, uisce ag teacht tríd an díon ó am go h-am isrl.

Dúirt Niamh Maloney, máthair Daithí a bhfuil sa naíonán beaga “Faoi láthair ceapaim go bhfuil seans níos fearr again uimhir 1 a bhaint amach sa cairteacha ná scoil buan a fháil do ár pháistí. Nuair a bhfeicim ar an ndroch stad ina bfuil na tithe réamhdhéanta ina bhfuil mo mhac agus 220 dalta eile agus cloisim go bhfuil €400m ag an tAire nár úsáid sé fós ar scoileanna a thógaint tagann fearg orm”.

 Dúirt Paul Mac Sweeney, athair Ama a bhfuil i rang a h-aon “Ní bheadh an tAire sásta obair sa scoil de bharr na fadhbanna sláinte agus sábháilteacht, cén fath go bhfuil gá ar mo iníon, na daltaí eile agus na múinteoirí? Ní stopfaidh muid an feachtas go dtí go mbíonn ár phaistí lonnaithe i foirgneamh buan. Iarann mé ar gach duine a bhfuil suim acú i ndrochstad scoileanna an singil seo a cheannacht.”

I Bealtaine 2009 sínigh gach Teachta Dála agus polaiteoir áitiúil litir ag lorg scoil buan don Gaelscoil agus cruinniú leis an tAire O’Keeffe. Cúig mí níos deanaí níl focal fós ón Aire faoi cruinniú.

San Earrach rinneamar scannán 9 nóiméad faoin scoil ar fail ag: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLdnoWMDBwI

Léiríonn an scannáin níos fearr na focla na fadhbanna leis na tithe réamhdheanta agus an atmaisféar ionntach a bhfuil sa scoil comh mhaith de bharr múinteoirí iontachta.  

Ócáidí ag baint le eisiúint “Cá bhfuil ár Scoil?”

 Suíomh: An Roinn Oideachais agus Eolaíochta, Sráid Maoilbhríde, BÁC 1

Ócáid: Ag bronnadh ‘ticéad orga’ ar an Aire ag cuir fáilte roimhe go ceolchoirm Tupelo. Tupelo agus daltaí ón Gaelscoil ag canadh “Cá bhfuil ár Scoil?”

 Am: 15:00

Dáta: 15/10/09

 

Suíomh: Tower Records, Sráid Chill Mhantáin, BÁC 2

Ócáid: Lainseáil an singil “Cá bhfuil ár Scoil?” Tupelo agus daltaí ón scoil ag imirt an t-amhrán.

Am: 15:00

Dáta: 16/10/09

 

Suíomh: The Village, Sráid Loch Garmán, BÁC 2

Ócáid: Ceolchoirm Tupelo ar son Gaescoil Bharra

Am: 22:00

Dáta: 22/10/09

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The Children of Gaelscoil Bharra, Cabra are releasing a single on 16th October 2009 with the rhythm & roots band, Tupelo as part of a parents campaign to get a permanent school after 14 years in prefabs. The song “Cá Bhfuil Ár Scoil?”, which will be available to download from iTunes and in Tower Records (Wiclow Street) or by texting “music 4075m” to 57501, is being released to raise awareness of the ongoing scandalous conditions of the prefabs and to hopefully embarrass the Minister for Education into green-lighting the building of a permanent school. Currently the school is located in “temporary” accommodation on the grounds of St. Finbarr’s GAA club in Cabra.

James Cramer, the lead singer/songwriter of Tupelo whose son Cian started in the school this September, composed the song. With the help of Gaelscoil Bharra parents and friends he is leading a campaign to get the song to number 1 on 23rd October 2009. The campaign will include canvassing all houses in the Cabra area asking them to download the single, an open air gig and presentation of a golden ticket to the Minister for Education and Science at Marlborough Street, the single launch in Tower Records and Tupelo fundraising gig for the school in The Village.

Parent Niamh Maloney, whose son Daithí is in Junior Infants, stated “At the moment I feel we have a better chance of getting a song to number 1 in the charts than a permanent school for our children. What does it say about the values of our society that parents have to release a protest song in the hope it will lead to our children being taught in a healthy and safe environment.? To hear that half of the Department of Educations budget on school building for this year has not been paid while our children are in dilapidated prefabs is really frustrating.”

 In February 2000 the Department of Educations District Inspector acknowledged that the accommodation for Gaelscoil Bharra was “highly unsatisfactory by any standardsand that “the deplorable state of the temporary accommodation makes it imperative that the planning process be initiated as soon as possible” Over 9 years have passed, countless questions have been asked in the Dáil, yet pupils and their teachers remain housed in the same deplorable temporary conditions which include sinking floors, leaking roofs, heating and sewerage problems.

 

Parent Catherine Smyth whose daughter Ama is in first class noted “The Minister wouldn’t work in these conditions. Why should our children and their teachers? We won’t stop our campaign until our children are housed in a decent permanent school building. I would urge everyone who is concerned about poor education conditions to download this song.”

 

In May 2009 all the local TDs and politicians (including the former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern) signed a letter addressed to Batt O’Keefe, Minister for Education and Science demanding a new school and asking that he meet with them. Five months on no meeting has been arranged.

 

Stills photographer, Bernard Walsh, shot the cover for the cd and posters, Martin Mahon, the documentary film maker who, with his partner, Alan Gilsenan has been responsible for the highly acclaimed documentaries “The Hospice”, “The Asylum”, “I see a Darkness” filmed the promo video (and is documenting the whole process from our early discussion with James onwards) and Tony Cranston (BAFTA award winning film editor – Mr Bean, League of Gentlemen, Cracker, to name but a few) edited our promo video (copy included in this press pack).”

 

Last Spring we had a 9 minute film made about the school which can be accessed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLdnoWMDBwI This details better than words, the difficulties the children face but also highlights the wonderful spirit in the school. Despite the scandalous physical conditions this is a fantastic school with enthusiastic and committed teachers. They have to teach in third world conditions, yet children are happy, well balanced and are getting a great education.

 

 

 

 

Events related to release of

“Cá Bhfuil Ár Scoil?”

 

 

LOCATION: Department of Education and Science, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1

Event: Presentation of ‘golden ticket’ to Minister O’Keeffe for Tupelo gig in The Village, Wexford Street on 22nd October. Tupelo and pupils of Gaelscoil Bharra will perform the single “Cá Bhfuil Ár Scoil?”.

TIME: 15:00

DATE: 15/10/09

 

LOCATION: Tower Records, Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

Event: Tupelo and pupils of Gaelscoil Bharra will launch the single “Cá Bhfuil Ár Scoil?” which will be available on iTunes and in Tower Records

TIME: 15:00

DATE: 16/10/09

 

LOCATION: The Village, Wexford Street, Dublin 2

Event: Concert by Tupelo in aid of Gaelscoil Bharra. Tupelo and pupils of Gaelscoil Bharra will perform the single “Cá Bhfuil Ár Scoil?”.

TIME: 20:00

DATE: 22/10/09

 

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