Colm Keegan Workshops.

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The First Years were treated to lively poetry writing workshops today as part of Writing Week. Colm Keegan is a well known poet who is the Dun Laoighaire-Rathdown Writer in Residence this year. Thanks to Ms Morrissey, Ms Bradley and Mr Sweeney for organising this event.

Traditional Irish Music Master Class

Students from Portmarnock Community School who took part in a traditional music master class yesterday along with their tutors Ciaran Tourish and Dr. Martin Tourish. During the class our students had the opportunity to explore aspects of style, interpretation and arrangement in Irish traditional music with leading professional musicians. Many thanks to Ms. McGlynn who organised the event.

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Writing Week.

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Writing Week starts its story on Monday 17 November. Students and staff will be participating in various activities designed to promote the importance of writing skills as part of our Literacy Programme. Events include a Limerick writing competition; workshops with poet Colm Keegan; a visit from buskers on behalf of the Donal Walsh Foundation encouraging lyric writing and a Drop and Write session.

Donal Walsh Foundation in PCS.

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Donal Walsh, the Kerry teenager who touched so many lives when he came to prominence through his writings and subsequent appearance on Brendan O’Connor’s ‘The Saturday Night Show’ is being honoured by his native county. Donal, who fundraised tirelessly while battling Cancer has now had the Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation set up by his family in order to bring forward his causes of providing age appropriate teenage facilities in hospital and hospice centres as well as promoting his anti-suicide message. The #Livelife message. The Enterprise Society of DCU are doing their best to carry on this message and raise vital funds through their fundraising events.

Past pupil of P.C.S  and DCU student Ciaran O’Reilly and fellow student Padraig Boyle, are organising a fundraising event in the school on Wednesday the 19th of November in conjunction with Writing Week. Students will be visiting classrooms and performing music in a busker style fashion and performing in the Assembly Hall at break time to raise money for the Foundation. Your generosity for this very worthy cause will be greatly appreciated.

 

Original Rude Boys Perform at PCS.

bandThe three members of The Original Rude Boys performed a wonderful acoustic set in front of our Transition Year students today. It was a reward for the great charity work organised by Mr. O’Mahony last year to raise money for and awareness of Mental Health Issues through the ‘Walk in my Shoes’ initiative. Kate Moran, a past pupil of PCS, talked to the students about mental health issues and the work of Console before the band played and discussed their personal motivation for becoming Mental Health ambassadors. Thanks to Ms. Molamphy, Ms. Norris and FM104.