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Monday 18 February 2019

Pupils on song for 1916

Musical director Joanne McCabe, school principal, Oona Rackard; chairman Board of Management, Fr. John Byrne; Bishop Denis Brennan and CD co-ordinator, Gearoid McCauley
Musical director Joanne McCabe, school principal, Oona Rackard; chairman Board of Management, Fr. John Byrne; Bishop Denis Brennan and CD co-ordinator, Gearoid McCauley
CD sleeve design winners, Molly Donohoe (runner-up) and winner, Callum O'Sullivan

Esther Hayden

St Senan's NS in Enniscorthy hit the right note with its new CD of 1916 songs.

The CD which was launched on Thursday last at the school by Nick Sheridan, presenter of RTE's News2Day sees the students take on the songs of 1916.

Nick, who is a former student at St Senan's, was very impressed with the CD which is called 'Song of '16'. The project involved students from the entire school and is part of a school wide project, 'Children of '16' which comprises many class activities from mapping significant sites of 1916 and a film making project, to rewriting the Proclamation of Independence for a new generation.

Following on from the project the students at St. Senan's can tell you of their own ancestors, who took part in The Easter Rising in 1916 in Enniscorthy, grandparents and great grandparents who bore the wounds of battle.

In mid February the school hall was transformed into a recording studio and the children became music stars, as they recorded their own versions of famous historic songs. At the helm was local professional singing teacher, Joanne McCabe. Each class learned about their chosen song and Joanne rehearsed them in preparation for recording. The enthusiasm from the children was palpable, as they hummed 1916 songs along the corridors to and from yard time.

As well as singing the stories of 1916, the children tell the stories of the children of 2016. The CD, 'Songs of '16', features rewordings of modern songs, as penned by the students themselves, alongside the traditional songs. Also featured on the CD is a poem, by Lauryn Cooney. The poem called The Seven Signatories won a school wide 1916 themed poetry competition and was a big hit.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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