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Sligo Selfies - Storytelling Treat For Scoil Chriost Ri Enniscrone

Sligo Selfies - Storytelling Treat For Scoil Chriost Ri Enniscrone
19 December, 2016

Pupils of Scoil Chriost Ri, Enniscrone were thrilled when the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo surprised them by bringing storyteller & artist, Wayne O’Connor to their primary school. The school was the winner of “Sligo Selfies” - a novel history project that encouraged young students to talk to an older person in their life and video their memories of Sligo.  The oral history project was designed for third to sixth class primary school pupils across the county as part of the Hawk’s Well Theatre 1916 programme.

The aim of the project was to increase children's interest in history and to encourage pupils across the county to engage with their shared history, in addition to exploring their personal and community histories. Project co-coordinator Deirdre Melvin explained that schools enjoyed taking part in the competition and the specially-designed accompanying lesson plan. “It was so lovely to hear about pupils talking to their parents, grandparents and neighbours about their memories. Lots of stories emerged about favourite games like hopscotch or bringing the sod of turf into school to keep the classroom warm. By taking part, children have created home videos that families will treasure as a keep-sake for the future”.   

The pupils of Scoil Chriost Ri, Enniscrone excelled in the project, guided ably by their principal Mrs Grace Mulligan. To mark their achievement artist, Wayne O’Connor delivered an animated, high spirited storytelling session which the children and teachers thoroughly enjoyed.  It was a well-deserved treat for the children who worked so diligently on the project.

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