Newcastle School Eurochild 2004

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Recently Newcastle National School, Athenry, participated in Eurochild, a poetry Programme held throughout Europe.

Two poets visited us at the school, through Barboro Children’s Festival Outreach Programme. They helped everyone from 3rd – 6th class to write a poem. A poetry book has now been published and out of six thousand entrants, six children from our school have been chosen.

The book contains poetry and drawings from thirteen countries. The talented poets and artists are James Burke, Clodagh Cannon, Jamie Gannon, Niamh Grady, Damien Mc Donagh and Niamh O’Halloran. The Launch of the book, Eurochild 2004, was on the 25th of June, at the Eurochild Festival, Cork.

Most of us managed to attend the launch in Cork. lt was opened by Mr. Michael Martin, Minister of Health. There were sweets and balloons given to all the children by a clown on stilts. We all really enjoy listening to the poetry and being famous for a day! If anyone is interested in purchasing ‘ Eurochild 2004’ please contact the school.

Click for information about Eurochild

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About this record

Written by Clodagh Cannon and Jamie Gannon

Published here 28 Dec 2023 and originally published Christmas 2004

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