Every year the Second Year JCSP class in Ardee Community School participate
in the Make A Book project. This year the students with their teachers decided
to do a project with members of the Ardee Active Retirement Group,
interviewing them about significant historical events that have happened during
Students interviewed the retirees about their recollections of events that
included Louth winning the All Ireland in 1957, the assassination of John F
Kennedy, the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the first moon landing and the
World Trade Centre attacks in New York City. The students wanted to write
about the memories of real people who remember these momentous dates
vividly. The Ardee Active Retirement group visited and school and, over tea
and scones, shared their reminiscences. The students then wrote up their
interviews and compiled them into a book titled ‘I Remember When…’
It was a memorable event for both students and staff. A highlight was the
presence of Patsy Coleman, a member of the illustrious Louth team of 1957.
Patsy’s recounting of the legendary game was spellbinding for all present.
Students were delighted to hold the football that was used on the day and
examine Patsy’s beautiful handmade medals.
A few weeks later the students and retirees reconnected to view the finished
books. Ms. Mary Deery from Louth County Council joined them and presented
certificates to those involved. Many thanks to all those involved. The project
was organised with the assistance of Mary Dunne, Ardee Active Retirement,
Rory Callan, JCSP Coordinator, and Bridget Smith, Home School Liaison
Teacher, both of Ardee Community School.