January 27, 2017

Congratulations to Ciara Murphy, 6LCA, Kennedy College, New Ross who was recently awarded a trip to Euroscola in Strasbourg, France by the Michael Sweetman Educational Trust.

Each year, the Michael Sweetman Educational Trust, with the assistance of the European Parliament, the European Movement Ireland and the Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI), awards a trip to Euroscola in Strasbourg to 24 Leaving Certificate Applied students attending an ETB school, college or training centre. The 2016-2017 trip will take place 24-27 January, 2017.

The 24 winners receive an expenses paid trip to Strasbourg to attend the pan-European Youth Forum, Euroscola at the European Parliament. At Euroscola, Ciara will have the opportunity to spend a day in the shoes of an MEP, learning about the workings of the European Institutions from the inside, discussing democracy and fundamental rights with other teenagers from all over the EU and expressing their personal opinions on Europe in the chamber of the European Parliament.

Michael Sweetman was one of 118 people who died in an airplane accident on 18 June 1972. An advocate of Ireland’s entry into the European Economic Community, Mr Sweetman was a former Director of the Irish Council of the European Movement (now European Movement Ireland).
Following his death, an education trust was set up in his memory. The competition takes the form of an essay competition. It embraces the Leaving Certificate Applied Contemporary Issues Task (with a European dimension) for students of ETB schools, colleges and centres. For her Contemporary Issuers Task, Ciara focused on mental health issues in the Irish as well as the European context.

Congratulations also to Ms Jamie-Ellen Doyle, Ciara’s Social Education teacher, who supported Ciara throughout her task.

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