Work begins on Aisling supplement

Rachel McCauely, Danielle Dempsey, Brid Nevin, Ronan Callaghan, Tom Tighe and Matthew McCrann from Ardscoil Phadraig in Granard with the Longford Leader's News Editor Alan Walsh. Photo: Michelle Ghee www.gphotos.ie
Last Wednesday saw 18 Longford students make their way to the Leader offices, where they started work on the Aisling Children’s Art Festival supplement.

Last Wednesday saw 18 Longford students make their way to the Leader offices, where they started work on the Aisling Children’s Art Festival supplement.

Students from Meán Scoil Mhuire and St Mel’s College in Longford and Ardscoil Phádraig, Granard, along with teachers Sive McGuinness from St Mel’s College and Brid Nevin from Ardscoil Phadraig, gathered in the newsroom to brainstorm for the project.

It was evident from the beginning that the students were enthusiastic to get started, listening attentively as Ms McGuinness spoke about the festival and its events, before the Longford Leader’s News Editor, Alan Walsh explained how the paper is put together each week.

It was then time for the students to share their ideas. With a blank page plan in front of them, the students were split up, with students from each school in every group, to discuss their thoughts and plans.

All ideas were taken into account, from concerts and parties to topical subjects such as social media and cyber bullying. Before too long, the page plan had been filled, and the students left the newsroom, keen to start on their projects, which include poetry and photography competitions in their schools.

The students will visit the newsroom again soon to gather their pieces together before putting the finishing touches to the supplement. The students, teachers, and indeed all at the Longford Leader are excited to see how the supplement turns out. This is the project’s second year, and we are looking forward to both the supplement and the discovery of new, talented writers!

The Aisling supplement will be published with the Longford Leader on Friday, October 18.

This supplement is just one element of the festival. The 16th annual Aisling festival will take place from October 20-26 in venues throughout Longford. The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Dreaming of Home’.