Loreto Milford students win top prize to Brussels

Brussel GirlsFour students from Loreto Community School Milford have recently
won 1st place in the 1913 Strike and Lockout All Ireland Labour
Centenary Essay Competition. This competition was commissioned
by The Labour Party as part of their commemoration of the 100th
anniversary of the 1913 Strike and Lockout and beginning of the Irish
Labour Party. There were over fifty schools from all over the country
that participated. The prize was a trip to Brussels for 20 pupils and
4 teachers to see the workings of the European Parliament. Senator
Jimmy Harte and Mayor Mc Brearty visited the school on the 18th
February to present the students with the prize.

The fourth year history students, Margaret Ann-Gallagher
(Rathmullan), Chloe Borland (Downings), Ciara Haley and Kate Haley
(Milford) are delighted with the win. The girls worked hard together
steadily on the project, and in total, produced a 40 page booklet
containing essays, case studies, a newspaper article, poetry, artwork
and also a re-enactment on the 1913 Lock out, which can be viewed
on YouTube. All four students study History, Art, and Drama, and also
enjoy English which helped them in this project. They showed strong
team work and dedication throughout the competition.

The girls said that when “we first heard about the competition
in history class from our teacher Mr. Mc Taggart, we instantly
decided to take part, and within ten minutes, planned out the whole

project”. The students had great fun taking part and learned about
vital historical information and heritage that is an important part
of the Leaving Cert History course. They also developed a greater
understanding of the battle that our ancestors fought for and for
workers rights during the 1913 Lock out. The students enjoyed
coming up with unique ideas on how to make the project a little bit
more abstract and believe that the movie helped with this. They said
“We were so shocked when we found out that we won, we actually
couldn’t believe it! All four of us were totally speechless!”

Both the school and the girls are thrilled with their achievement and
eagerly await the trip to Brussels in May.

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