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Thursday 23 November 2017

Star showing as Berrings NS celebrates European identity

Berrings NS Junior Infants Tess Logue and Vivienne Brislone wear the national flags of our European cousins at the launch of the Blue Star Programme which was attended by Minister for European Affairs Dara Murphy. Photo by John Sheehan
Berrings NS Junior Infants Tess Logue and Vivienne Brislone wear the national flags of our European cousins at the launch of the Blue Star Programme which was attended by Minister for European Affairs Dara Murphy. Photo by John Sheehan
Minister Murphy and MEP Deirdre Clune with Berrings NS pupils, during the launch of the European themed Blue Star Programme
Minister Murphy meets some of the pupils to discuss their selected flags. Photos by John Sheehan
Berrings NS pupils Robert Healy, Jac Seignott, Jack O'Brien and Doireann O'Callaghan at the launch. Photo by John Sheehan

While our UK neighbours may be wrangling with the implications of an imminent Brexit, there was certainly no sign of Euro-scepticism in Inniscarra on Friday as the school celebrated Irelands strong links with the European Union.

The pupils had carefully prepared the colourful flags of the European Union members and all were on display as Minister of State for European Affairs, Data Protection and EU Digital Single Market, Dara Murphy paid a special visit.

Minister Murphy was officially launching the school's participation in the Blue Star Programme 2016-2017.

The objective of the programme, now in its sixth year, is to foster better understanding and knowledge among Irish primary pupils of how the European Union affects our lives.

This year, the programme, which is managed by European Movement Ireland, has more than 165 schools from 26 counties registered, with over 12,500 participating pupils. Classroom projects and activities have already begun in earnest across the country and that is certainly the case at Berrings NS.

"I'm delighted to be launching the Blue Star Programme here in Berrings National School today and to see that the school has signed up for the programme, like many other schools around the country," Minister Murphy said

"Blue Star is an exciting programme that allows pupils to learn about our rich European heritage and the importance of the EU today.

"It's fantastic to see the hard work and effort put in to all the projects by the children and their teachers and I know this is mirrored in over 165 schools taking part in the project this year."

"All primary schools are eligible to register for the Programme," said Ms Noelle O'Connell, Executive Director of European Movement Ireland. "We already provide lots of material, advice and a curriculum," Ms O'Connell continued, adding, "we're here to help, no matter how big or small a national school is".

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