More than 150 people attended a recent 1916 commemoration event put on by the Ballymun Adult Read and Write Scheme
Students and tutors from Ballymun Adult Read & Write Scheme (BARWS) along with invited guests, gathered in the CDETB Ballymun Adult Education Centre On Wednesday, 27th to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising. Many dressed in 1916 fashion for the occasion. All student project work relating to the Rising and the social conditions of the time were on display during the event.
Project Manager Christine Carroll writes about the event:
Our event opened with a talk about the Rising delivered by historian Dr. Brian Hanley. Three of the students; John Downes, Siobhan Harrington and Seán Flynn read poetry and a short story from their own writing.
At 12noon it was time for tea! The BARWS 1916 tea room opened and students along with invited guests had tea and cake served to them by our tutors and CDETB staff from the Centre. Later, guests viewed our students’ creative and informative project work which we were proud to display. We were fortunate to have model buildings donated by Aoife Noonan from Bowsie Workshop to enhance our exhibition.
We received very positive feedback from all who attended on the day. BARWS staff and tutors would like to acknowledge the support of our colleagues in the CDETB Ballymun Adult Education Centre in facilitating the commemoration event.
Ballymun Adult Read & Write Scheme, funded by City of Dublin ETB, is run by a Board of Management comprising members of statutory bodies, volunteers and community groups working in the area. Courses are delivered in a range of tuition venues throughout Ballymun with the majority being held in the CDETB Ballymun Adult Education Centre. During 2015 more than 400 adult students attended BARWS courses in small groups or one-to-one tuition.
Picture Shows tutors Ger, Aine, Maeve, Denise and Regine looking resplendent. Exhibits included 1916 food and a mock-up of a tenement room.
For more information about the work of BARWS visit their website HERE.