The Association of CSPE Teachers (ACT)
Supporting Citizenship Education in Ireland
by Linda Neary, Killinarden Community School
to class 3D of Killinarden Community School, Tallaght who have won 1st
prize in the Guinness Living Dublin Awards (post-primary section) for
their C.S.P.E. project 'Action on Killinarden Park'. As their action
project the class voted to do a project on their local park and to campaign
The class was divided into 4 groups, a photography group, a survey group, a letter-writing group and an art group. They started out by surveying local people of all ages to find out what people's main concerns about the park were. They sent letters to their local T.D.s and councillors expressing their concerns. They also mapped and photographed the park in a class visit last December. They discovered that most people surveyed were concerned about the amount of attacks on young people in the park. They presented the results of the survey to T.D. Pat Rabbitte who visited the class. Pat Rabbitte subsequently tabled a question for South Dublin County Council about improving security in the park. There have been significant improvements made to the park of late. The local community group Killinarden Services Network heard about their project. Four members of the class Edel Redmond, Rachel Blemings, Jenny Disney and Elaine McGrath were invited down with their teacher Ms Linda Neary, to a meeting at the family Resource Centre to present the main points of their project.
Their teacher Linda Neary submitted a project on their behalf to the Guinness Living Dublin Awards co-sponsored by Dublin Corporation and Dublin Chamber of Commerce. Eight students and their teacher were invited to the Mansion House on 13th October and presented with a framed certificate, trophy and a cheque for £1500 to the delight of the class. The class have been interviewed by journalists in the Irish Independent and the Tallaght Echo and were also on the local radio station TCR 107.2 FM. It's great to see young people making a difference!
Students and teachers (Linda Neary and Joanne Phelan) outside the Mansion house on the day of the award
Students, Elaine McGrath and Helen French accepting the award.