“Rabhlaí Rabhlaí“ is a collection of 31 traditional poems and rhymes “as Gaeilge”, a copy of which should be in every primary school in the country. It is especially suitable to be used in junior classes. Pupils in these classes will undoubtedly find the rhymes engaging and they will certainly motivate them to learn and have fun with rhymes as Gaeilge.
The book of rhymes was developed by Roibeard Ó Cathasaigh of Mary Immaculate College (MIC). In his Réamhrá in the book Roibeard says:
“Thar aon ní eile, is chun sult is spraoi, le héisteacht, le léamh, le rá is le hathrá, an rabha rannta traidisiúnta sa phacáiste seo. Is é ár nguí go mbeidh fonn ar an aos óg tumadh isteach i Rabhlaí Rabhlaí, arís is arís eile. Ní fearr slí é chun blaiseadh a d’fháil ar ghnéith ghleoite dár dtraidisiún béil.”
The great advantage the book has, is that the rhymes have been recorded onto a CD with accompanying traditional music. This enables the rhymes to come alive with the addition of original traditional music, much of which has been composed by Steve Cooney. The collection includes rhymes such as Cnag ar an Doras; Aon Dó, Muc is Bó; Ring-A-Ring-A-Rósaí; Humptí Dumptí; Haigh Didil Didil; Mo Liathróidín Donn; Suí Sá.
The book and CD is available from the Curriculum Development Unit of MIC for €20 + €6 P&P. It is also available from some online bookstores.