Laois schools to see stars at Zeminar

News Mountmellick and Mountrath TYs to see Bressie and The Strypes

Laois schools to see stars at Zeminar
By Lynda Kiernan @laoisnews

Celebrities like rugby player Jamie Heaslip and singer Bressie are among those at 'Zeminar', with TY students from Mountmellick and Mountrath heading up to the RDS to hear them.

‘Zeminar’ is on from October 11 to 13,billed as a new education and well-being event, “purpose-built for GenZ”, aged from 15 to 20.

The lengthy lineup includes Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Hospital, former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh, and Cavan band The Strypes.

The event Ambassador is rugby player Jamie Heaslip, who took on the role because it focuses on "an important stage in people's lives".

All of Mountmellick’s 45 TYs are going.

"This new event promotes well being and positive mental health in young people.We are really looking forward to hearing the guest speakers and experiencing different hubs which encourage wellbeing in the area of nutrition, physical activity and exam/career pressure,” said TY co-ordinator Fiona Behan.

“Wellbeing is a core subject on the mcs ty syllabus. We were delighted to achieve the Amber Flag last year which promotes mental health and believe this seminar will help us to build on this in the future,” the Mountmellick teacher added.

Mountrath’s Transition Year co-ordinator is Mary Gannon.

“Zeminar will allow our students the opportunity to step beyond the classroom and to explore the bigger social issues that can potentially disrupt both academic and personal growth. Our Transition Year students are, for the first time, undertaking a Health and Wellbeing module as part of their curricular learning and Zeminar reflects much of what we want students to become aware of and develop skills that will allow them to deal with the many challenges that life may throw at them”.

“Our students are looking forward to hearing such inspirational people as Bressie and Maria Walsh share their life experiences with them, as well as having the chance to explore future career opportunities,” Ms Gannon added.

Zeminar is set to be the largest youth-focused gathering ever seen in Ireland. Over 100 participants include Foroige, ISPCC, DIT, Gaisce and Teenline.

“It will provide a supportive environment to highlight what matters to young people in Ireland today, recognising their importance in society, and providing a space where they can inform themselves, and come away feeling confident that they can make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others,” said founder Damien Clarke.