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Across the Divide Writer Visits Avondale
The First Year students of Avondale Community College enjoyed a
special visit from celebrated author Mr. Brian Gallagher on Monday, 28
March. Born in Dublin, Gallagher is a full-time writer whose plays
and short stories have been produced in Ireland, Britain and Canada.
He has written extensively for radio and television and was one of the
scriptwriters on RTE’s long-running drama Fair City. His novels
include Invincible, Flight, Payback, Pursuit and Across the Divide.
Having read Across the Divide as part of reading week our students
eagerly awaited this visit. Taking time out of his busy schedule Mr.
Gallagher joined the First Year students in a reading circle, where he
read from his novel and spoke about his job as a writer. Armed with
number of questions about Across the Divide and the secrets of writing
a good story, the students’ interaction with one of Ireland’s greatest
writers was a thoroughly enjoyable experience!
Irish Theatre Trip
Our Fifth and Sixth Year students, accompanied by their teachers Ms.
O’Brien and Ms. Lambert enjoyed a production of
"An Triail" by Mairead Ní Ghrada in the Axis Arts Centre, Ballymun.
This production brings Ní Ghráda's seemingly outdated plot into the
context of modern society, to help students gain a deeper understanding
of the cultural and historic context of the play. Addressing issues
highlighted by both students and teachers alike, this snappy new
production was enjoyed by all.
Design a Book Mark Competition
As part of World Book Week the Art Department launched a Design a Book
Mark Competition. A number of entrants were received and two winners
were chosen. Congratulations to Junior student Indea Reynolds-Kennedy
who took first place in the Junior Category and Sean Hallihan who came
first in the Senior category. Well done to all students who
participated in this event.
Practical and Oral Exams
Oral and Practical Examinations for both Leaving and Junior
Certificate Students will be taking place over the coming weeks.
Students and teachers alike have been busy preparing for these exams.
Best wishes to all.