Galway Primary School Competition, ‘Know Your Council’, Winners Announced

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Galway City Mayor, Hildegarde Naughton, presents Tom Rutherford and Tom O’Connell from St. Patrick’s National School, with the ‘Know Your Council’ Award. Also pictured is Lorraine McIlrath, Co-ordinator of NUI Galway’s Community Knowledge Initiative.
Galway City Mayor, Hildegarde Naughton, presents Tom Rutherford and Tom O’Connell from St. Patrick’s National School, with the ‘Know Your Council’ Award. Also pictured is Lorraine McIlrath, Co-ordinator of NUI Galway’s Community Knowledge Initiative.

Galway City’s St Patrick’s National School were recently presented with the ‘Know Your Council’ Award at a special ceremony held in the Galway Council Chamber recently. This was a mayoral initiative by Galway City Mayor Hildegarde Naughton in partnership with the Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) at NUI Galway. The objective of the competition is to raise awareness among senior classes in primary schools about the workings of local government.

Over 370 pupils took part in the initiative and were presented with a certificate of participation. Ten primary schools reaching the final held in City Hall and two pupils from each school presented their projects to an independent adjudicating panel from NUI Galway including: Lorraine McIlrath and Mary Bernard of CKI, Dr Gerard Turley, Lecturer with the School of Business and Economics, Caitlín Nic an Ultaigh, Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, Fergal Landy, Researcher with the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, and Conor Quinn, Student of Sociology and Politics.

The pupils' work will form part of an information pack on local government which will be distributed to all city primary schools in September.

Adjudicator Dr Gerard Turley said: “The adjudicating panel was very impressed with St Patrick’s critical analysis and ability to inform local policy.”

The winner of the most creative poster was Scoil Iognáid, the winner of the best content poster was Scoil An linbh Íosa, the winner of the best presentation was Scoil Idé and the winner of the best project content was Scoil San Phroinsais.

Co-ordinator of NUI Galway’s CKI, Lorraine McIlrath, said: “It has been a fantastic partnership between NUI Galway and Galway City Council, and this initiative is an excellent model of how institutions can collaborate in developing a culture of political literacy among our young people.”

Speaking after the event Mayor Naughton said: “We had a fantastic response to the initiative and you could see that all the pupils really enjoyed researching and presenting their projects. The standard was very high and the pupils displayed an excellent understanding of their local council. This is a new initiative which could be rolled out on an annual basis not only in Galway but nationwide. It is important that we set up a programme nationally to continue this work to assist our young people in informing themselves on local government. I would like to thank all the schools who participated in this initiative and partners NUI Galway who administered and adjudicated the project.”

The projects will be on display in City Hall for the next few weeks and they will form part of an information pack which will be distributed to all city primary schools.

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Author: Marketing and Communications Office, NUI Galway
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