Video: Cork school students perform 'After All' in sign language for Frank and Walters lead singer

This week students from a County Cork school got to perform one of their favourite songs, through sign language, in front of lead singer with the Frank and Walters, Paul Linehan
Video: Cork school students perform 'After All' in sign language for Frank and Walters lead singer
Ballinspittle National School principal Tommy Gunning and pupils using sign language at the Holy Trinity Church, Ballinspittle to perform the Frank and Walter's classic "After All." Lead singer of the band, Paul Linehan is pictured left of centre. Picture: Martin Walsh.

PUPILS at Ballinspittle National School performed ‘After All’ for Paul Linehan of Frank and Walters fame, this week.

Alanah Walsh makes a presentation to Paul Linehan. Picture: Martin Walsh.
Alanah Walsh makes a presentation to Paul Linehan. Picture: Martin Walsh.

The pupils originally performed the song on September 26 for European Day of Languages.  There are now three recognised state languages in Ireland. They are English, Gaeilge and Irish Sign Language. 

Paul Linehan of Frank and Walters with some of the children from Ballinspittle National School. Picture: Martin Walsh.
Paul Linehan of Frank and Walters with some of the children from Ballinspittle National School. Picture: Martin Walsh.

Principal Tommy Gunning explained: "We sang the song in these three languages. We have at Ballinspittle NS made a dedicated effort to include ISL in our language curriculum, not only for children with hearing impairments but for all children. 

At the Holy Trinity Church, Ballinspittle for the Frank and Walters classic "After All." were (left to right): Emily Johnson, Alannan Walsh, Béibhinn O'Mahony and Ciara Napier. Picture: Martin Walsh.
At the Holy Trinity Church, Ballinspittle for the Frank and Walters classic "After All." were (left to right): Emily Johnson, Alannan Walsh, Béibhinn O'Mahony and Ciara Napier. Picture: Martin Walsh.

"We look upon ISL as an opportunity of inclusion and also as an opportunity for the school to explore creative use of language.

 Paul Linehan of Frank and Walters with seven sets of twins from Ballinspittle National School. Picture: Martin Walsh.
 Paul Linehan of Frank and Walters with seven sets of twins from Ballinspittle National School. Picture: Martin Walsh.

"In the words of artist / musician Christine Sun Kim ‘you do not have to be deaf to learn sign language, nor do you have to be hearing to learn music’. Children can be visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners. Some children, hearing or Deaf are visual learners.

Teacher and guitarist Katie Anne O'Crowley at the Holy Trinity Church, Ballinspittle for the Frank and Walters classic "After All." Picture: Martin Walsh.
Teacher and guitarist Katie Anne O'Crowley at the Holy Trinity Church, Ballinspittle for the Frank and Walters classic "After All." Picture: Martin Walsh.

"So as Peggy Lee sang many years ago ‘ Listen with your eyes and you can sing a rainbow too’!"

Paul Linehan of Frank and Walters "high fiving" with some of the children of the Ballinspittle National School. Picture: Martin Walsh.
Paul Linehan of Frank and Walters "high fiving" with some of the children of the Ballinspittle National School. Picture: Martin Walsh.

This week they recreated a version of the song, especially when Paul Linehan visited the pupils.

The rendition was carried out at the local parish church.

 Paul Linehan of Frank and Walters with youngest pupil Sadabh Scannell and eldest pupil Donal Óg O'Sullivan. Picture: Martin Walsh.
 Paul Linehan of Frank and Walters with youngest pupil Sadabh Scannell and eldest pupil Donal Óg O'Sullivan. Picture: Martin Walsh.

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