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National Heritage & Education Award:

The Marian Rollins Heritage And Education Award 2008

Heritage Week 2008 was launched by Minister Micheál Kitt T.D. at Kilkenny Castle on Sunday last.  The Heritage Council is calling on people to ‘Look Forward, Look Back,  Look Around’ at the presence of heritage in their everyday lives.

Conor Newman, Chairman of the Heritage Council added, "Our heritage is living, dynamic and ultimately linked to our emotions. How people value their heritage today will, to a large extent, determine its quality, significance, and relevance in the future".  




 Minister Micheal Kitt T.D. presented the 2008 Marian Rollins Heritage and Education award to Marty Ward, Principal of Glinsk N.S., at the Official Launch of Heritage Week at Kilkenny Castle.

 2005: Glinsk N.S. wins the County Galway Award in the "Irish Independent" Building for the Future project competition.

In the 2005 "Irish Independent"  'Building for the Future' project competition 1500 schools participated and Glinsk NS were successful in taking the county prize for Co. Galway.  Mr Joe Collins of CIE attended the school to present the award of 3,000 Euro.The Glinsk project told the story of the making of a film at the school.  The Department of Education chose fifty schools to take part in a new initiative entitled "Film in Schools"(FIS) and Glinsk NS were presented with a modern Digital Film Camera and associated equipment to enable the staff and pupils to make a film of their choice.

 The 15-minute film entitled "Our Local Heritage" was a celebration of the wealth of heritage that abounds in the Glinsk area.  It also placed strong emphasis on the fact that "Heritage" is all around us in our natural landscape as well as in our historical features. 

We usually hear of somebody writing a book and then the book being made into a film!!  However Glinsk NS did it the other way around and when the film was complete they told the story of the making of the film in the project which was submitted for the "Irish Independent" competition.

The project was entitled "Footprints" and emphasised that we all leave a mark on the landscape in which we live….It is all of these individual "Footprints" which merge together to give us our local heritage.  The project recalls the footprints of people who have made their mark on the local Landscape.  The pupils re-visited the spot where Parnell made his last speech, where Fr. Flanagan of Boystown was born and they also discovered a link between Glinsk and Daniel O'Connell.

 Among the more interesting discoveries during the research for the project was the discovery of a "Beatle" - this wooden implement was found in Glinsk Bog - at first, they wondered was it a giant spoon or a wooden spade….but with the help of experts from the National Museum, they found that it was actually a "Beatle" that is an implement which was used as part of the process of getting linen fibres from flax.   This was the first evidence that flax was once grown in Glinsk and that Linen was made.


                                    Presentation of a copy of the School Film, "Our Local Heritage" to Mr Joe Collins.

                                     The presentation was made by the two youngest pupils at the school in 2005.                                        


Glinsk NS wins €25,000 regional award: "Building For The Future" - 2002

Glinsk National School won the regional title for Connaught/Ulster in the Building for the Future competition, beating off competition form over 1,200 participating schools.

Glinsk NS.Apart from the title, the school was also awarded 25,000 euro which was presented to Marty Ward by Mr Eugene Fitzsimons of Independent Newspapers, and Joe Collins of CIE, the Two sponsors of the nationwide competition." Improving Our Community" was the theme of the competition, the winning project presented a snapshot of Glinsk as it is at the moment. With emphasis on community projects- plan of social housing, development for the elderly and development of the resources in the area.


In the Presented submission the Glinsk children gave an over-view of their community and school from environment, sporting, traditions, music and drama to helping the Third World.

The school has just been refurbished over the summer at a cost of 200,000 euro and in their report the children outlined the energy saving measures the development incorporated. The school also plans to develop a wildlife garden, set up a small wind turbine and harness solar energy for outside lighting.

The official awards were presented by An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern at a ceremony held in Dublin, attended by the Glinsk students, teachers and Board of management with their triumphant return marked by bonfires throughout Glinsk.






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