New Website Encourages Kerry Students To Write Poetry On 1916 Rising And Its Legacy

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The leaders of the 1916 Rising.

The leaders of the 1916 Rising.

MANY of the leaders of the 1916 Rising were writers and the new website aims to encourage Kerry students to write contemporary poetry on its legacy.

“The 1916-2016 and Beyond project, Commemorating the 1916 Rising and its Legacy in Poetry aims to imaginatively engage transition year students in the values and ideals of 1916,” said Kerry Women Writers Network member, and Tralee native, Claire O’Mahony.

“For Padraig Pearse, education was about imaginative engagement rather than indoctrination,” she added.

The project is part of the Kerry 2016 Commemorations and is co funded by Kerry County Council 2016 and Ireland 2016.

“The students will be tasked with looking at the ideals of the 1916 Rising, in particular the Proclamation, and to consider whether those ideals have been achieved and to devise their own ideals for Ireland 100 years from now.”

“They will then be asked to use these themes as the basis for writing their own poetry in Commemoration of the 1916 Rising and its legacy.” said Claire O’Mahony.

Claire currently teaches creative writing at Killarney Community College as part of its adult education programme.

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