In May the school along with Mr Anto Kerins, Fr Martin Horgan, Reverend Lesley Robinson and Mr Anto Kerins of the parishes of St Johns and St John the Baptist in Clontarf, set about planning a series of Peace Events.
Friday 28th September saw the launch of our events. The students from the school helped plan and host a Peace Tree Planting ceremony in St Anne’s Park, Clontarf, Dublin 3. The Norwegian Navy Brass Quintet flew in to play at the event. Students, along with representatives from the local parishes, read and spoke on peace in our time.
Members of the public, Sean Haughey, Donna Cooney, Dublin City Parks representatives and honoured guest Leonard Abrahamson, President of the Jewish Council attended the ceremony.
The ceremony was followed by two concerts in the respective parish churches. The Norwegian Brass Quintet played at both events along with classical guitarist John Feeney and Bodhran player Aimee Farrell. Sgt Tara Kennedy the Irish Defence Forces attended and read at both concerts.
Transition year students were honoured to host a visit from the Ambassador of Norway Else Berit Eikeland, to speak on the Nobel Peace prize and Norways role in peace keeping on the international stage. This visit will be followed by a visit from the Israeli Ambassador Ze’ev Boker on Friday 20th October. Students are being encouraged to consider what Peace means to them.
Transition years hope to continue our focus on Peace throughout the Social Justice and Religious programmes for the year 2017/18.
Sinead Mc Donnell
Holy Faith, Secondary School
PEACE TREE EVENT: September 28th 2017
NORWEGIAN AMBASSADORS VISIT : Wednesday 11th October 2017