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Celebrating the wisdom of the elderly

TY students from Mountrath CS with guests. L-R Adrian Cosby, James Arthurs, Dr O'Dwyer Snr, Tony Phelan, Josephine Grehan and Patrick McGlynn.

TY students from Mountrath CS with guests. L-R Adrian Cosby, James Arthurs, Dr O'Dwyer Snr, Tony Phelan, Josephine Grehan and Patrick McGlynn.

The transition year students from Mountrath CS invited some amazing guests into their class on Monday February 24 as part of their Young Social Inovators Project Wise-promoting and celebrating old age in the community.

All the speakers provided the TY class with so much wisdom about life from lifetime experience, ranging from farming, the prison service, the gardai, living through “the troubles” in Northern Ireland, the medical profession, emigration, and raising a family.

All of our guests held the attention of the students with their honest and warm presentations of life for them through the years.

“It was so interesting listening to all the speakers, I learned so much from them,” said student Laura Phelan.

Speaker Patrick McGlynn told some incredible stories about life in Northern Ireland during “the troubles”, which was a far cry from life in the south.

Josephine Grehan shared with the students the challenges of raising a family, while Adrian Cosby spoke about rural life in Stradbally Estate.

Tony Phelan gave an honest account of what is was like to work in the prison service, Dr O’Dwyer gave much insight into emigration, and working as a doctor in the community, and finally, James Arthur provided some sound advice to all about being a member of the Garda Síochána.

All considered, the transition year class were a great audience for such inspiring speakers, and it was an enjoyable experience for all.

 

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