Adeje’s top ten students are going to Cork

Ten of Adeje’s top secondary school students will spend two weeks in Ireland this summer

The winners of Adeje ‘Young Talent’ competition have been announced – the students have all been recognised for their excellent grades and other contributions to the town during the academic year. The students have been chosen from the borough’s public schools.

This year, as well as recognising the effort the students have put into exams and class subjects, contributions to other areas of life, social work, helping others, etc, have also been taken into account.

The ten lucky students, who will be spending two weeks in Cork, in Ireland this summer, are María Magdalena Rodríguez Linares, Amaya González Sola, Kitana Desvignes, Jing Li Li, Alba Rey Merino, Ayoub Bachaou Mohamed, Laura Michelle Ziegler, Atenea Gloria Rodríguez Mendoza, Ainoha González López and Víctor José Arzola Murillo. They were told details of the award this week in the Adeje youth centre, by the councillor for youth Zebenzui Chinea Linares.

The two-week stay in Cork will see the ten winners, accompanied by members of the Adeje youth team, enjoy leisure time, with residents, families and students from Cork, as well as improving their English with an intensive language course.

 

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St Patrick, A Role Model For Today’s Immigrant?

"If you're Irish, come into the parlour....."

“If you’re Irish, come into the parlour…..”

In one way St Patrick could be the role-model for many immigrants who, for reasons perhaps beyond their control, find themselves in a new country, facing unplanned challenges and seeking a new meaning in life.
The stories that surround the initial arrival to Ireland of the young lad who would become the country’s patron saint are many, but what would seem to be closest to the truth is that he was born into a well-off British family towards the end of the 4th Century. He was kidnapped and brought to Ireland in slavery, and worked as a shepherd, where it is thought, on the mountainside with his flock, he received ‘the call’ and started his religious life. He escaped back to England where he studied and became a cleric, returning to Ireland to serve as bishop and subsequently as Primate of all Ireland, the highest religious office in the country. He is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland – it has also been claimed that he drove the snakes out of the country, but today that is understood to be a metaphor for driving out paganism.
The celebration of the feast day of St Patrick, once a religious festival only, has become an international celebration of what it means to be Irish. And in recent years there is also a growing movement to pass beyond the stereotypical images of Ireland so beloved of Hollywood in the past and focus on what being Irish today is really all about. That being said it is doubtful whether the country’s recent economic crisis will feature in international parades. But Irish officials do use the date to sell Ireland and Irish businesses abroad, and quite successfully.
It is probably true to say that until recently few national festivals were celebrated with such a huge international participation as St Patrick’s day. From a country that has a population of just over four million it is interesting to note that over 100 million people world-wide claim to belong to the Diaspora, the greater Irish family. And the celebrations and parades outside Ireland, were until just recently, much more colourful and professional that those in the country itself. National monuments such as the Empire State Building in New York, the Cibeles fountain in Madrid, the leaning tower of Pisa, the Sydney Opera House, turn green on March 17th. Without fail the Irish prime minister or a high government official will be in the White House in Washington to present a sprig of shamrock to the US President of the day.
The Irish and Spanish have always enjoyed a special understanding – perhaps born out of a similar religious background and cultural similarities. And there’s a parallel relationship with emigration in the past that is also mirrored in the histories of Ireland and the Canary Islands. Centuries ago too many Irish families found their way to Tenerife and intermarried, families such as the Whites, who changed their name to Blanco, the Cologans, and many more. The statue of José Murphy in Santa Cruz is further proof of our shared histories.
Here in Adeje the Irish wave of settlers is perhaps more recent, but as in many other countries, the Irish settle, integrate and like to form part of the society in which they have chosen to live.
While we don’t expect the Plaza de España to go green this year, there will be many celebrations taking place near you all over Adeje and beyond. Enjoy the day, as over 100 million and more will do so world-wide, and as they say in the old country, “La Fhéile Pádraig Shona Daoibh”,