“Heritage is alive and well in midland schools,” pronounced Laois Education Centre Director Jim Enright, at a recent exhibition of projects in Laois Education Centre.
Eighteen primary and secondary schools entered 39 projects and 60 essays in the fourth annual heritage project exhibition organised by Laois Heritage Society.
Pupils, teachers, principals, parents and grandparents gathered in the Education Centre to celebrate the heritage of Laois, Offaly and North Tipperary, with certificates presented to many winners.
Top prize of €100 went to Clonaslee College TY students for their project on the history of Mountmellick, with 15 prizes in all handed out for projects and essays on topics including Emo Court, Ballyboy Threshing and the Poorman’s Bridge.
‘The real value of projects like this is that they inform and promote an appreciation of the heritage and culture that lies at our own doorstep. We have a very clear snapshot of our history and heritage,” said Mr Enright, thanking all involved in the projects, particularly the Education Centre staff and Yvonne Lacumber, Local Course Administrator.
Teddy Fennelly, Laois Heritage praised the quality and quantity of the projects and essays submitted, thanking partners, supporters, and MC Paddy Bates.
Rachel Farrell, Deputy Director wth PDST, chair of the judging panel, said choosing winners was a difficult task.
“A big factor in the successful projects was how the students articulated their project to judges. The panel was highly impressed by the quality of the projects and the eagerness of pupils,” she said.
Schools included Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise, Clonaslee College, Sacred Heart Tullamore, Mountmellick CS, Shanahoe NS, Arles NS, Killeen NS, Paddock NS, Coolderry Central School, St Brendan’s BNS, Birr, Derrylamogue NS, Ballyboy NS, Ballyroan BNS, Mayo NS, Killeigh NS and Shinrone NS.