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Brigid 1500 Launches Innovative School Programme Celebrating The Life and Legacy of St. Brigid

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Brigid 1500 Launches Innovative School Programme

Celebrating The Life and Legacy of St. Brigid


On Monday, 8th January, Brigid 1500 unveiled its new edition of their popular schools programme, specially created for primary school children, in partnership with Creative Ireland. This programme, hosted by Kildare County Council, aims to teach school children ‘The Life and Times of St. Brigid’ and tells the story of St. Brigid in a historical context, with a focus on Ireland and Kildare 1,500 years ago at the time of her death.

This free programme consists of an educational pack which contains over 30 pages of printable colouring sheets as well as activity sheets and accompanying lesson plans. This booklet is available in both Irish and English.

As part of the launch, digital copies of ‘The Life and Times of St. Brigid’ will be available to download from These will be accessible in advance of St. Brigid's day, 1st February 2024.

Sonya Kavanagh, Chief Executive, Kildare County Council, expressed her excitement about the school programme launch, stating: “The School Programme has been created to educate children about St. Brigid, who she was, and the legacy she has left. Teaching our younger generation about influential women in our history, like St.Brigid, is something we really value. I can't wait for school children all over Ireland to discover St. Brigid and celebrate her inspiring life with us.”

St. Brigid’s legacy has lived on for over 15 centuries. Her unwavering dedication to nurturing and educating children in her time has served as an enduring source of inspiration through the ages. Renowned for her compassion and kindness, St. Brigid was a beacon of hope for the young, offering them solace, guidance, and education. Even today, her story continues to resonate and inspire children, encouraging them to embrace empathy, compassion and kindness.

More information about Brigid 1500 can be found at Digital versions of the educational pack are available in Irish and English.

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Tús Maith

Tus Maith

Following on from the success of Tús Maith - Transitions in Action over the past two years, the Education Centre Directors in Mayo, Sligo, Donegal and Carrick-on-Shannon (covering Leitrim, Roscommon and Longford) in collaboration with the County Childcare Committee Managers in these counties are delighted to offer this innovative collaborative project on Transition from Preschool to Primary School again for the school year 2023-2024.

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Oide Droichead Induction Cluster Meetings 2023/24

Cluster Meeting 1 dates and times for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs)

Registration for specific Cluster Meeting 1 dates and times for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) are now open.

Cluster Meeting 1 events will commence week beginning January 29th in line with the Droichead Cluster Meeting Calendar 2023.2024 (here).

Amanna agus dátaí do Chnuaschruinniú 1 do MhúinteoiríNuacháilithe (MNCanna)

Cuirfear tús le reáchtáil Chnuaschruinniú 1 an tseachtain dar túsan 2 Deireadh Fómhair  de réir Fhéilire Chnuaschruinnithe Droichead 2023.2024 (anseo).

Droichead Cluster Meetings for NQTs

Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) are required to attend up to three different cluster meetings for the duration of their Droichead process. Each cluster meeting is a forum where NQTs can discuss and seek clarification about the Droichead process and professional practice. NQTs are encouraged to ask questions, seek guidance, reflect upon particular challenges and share successes, ideas and experiences. Cluster meetings are facilitated by experienced Droichead Induction Associates and provide avenues of both professional and personal support to NQTs. This shared-learning approach builds professional relationships, confidence and competence. NQTs must complete their full cluster meeting requirement in line with the Droichead Cluster Meeting Calendar 2023.2024 (here).

Cluster Meeting Requirement

NQTs must complete one different cluster meeting (specific to their sector, primary or post-primary) per term in sequential order for the duration of their Droichead process. NQTs must complete Cluster Meeting 1 (CM 1) before engaging in either Cluster Meeting 2 (CM 2) and/or Cluster Meeting 3 (CM 3). NQTs should not submit their online Form D until all aspects of their Droichead process, including their full cluster meeting requirements, have been fulfilled. If a Form D is received where all the cluster meeting requirements are not met, it will not be processed by the Teaching Council.

BLAST - Na hEalaíona Beo a Thabhairt chuig Daltaí agus Múinteoirí | Bringing Live Arts to Students and Teachers


TAP+ & BLAST from National Arts in Education on Vimeo.

BLAST - Na hEalaíona Beo a Thabhairt chuig Daltaí agus Múinteoirí

Thug an tAire Oideachais Norma Foley TD cuireadh inniu do bhunscoileanna agus d’iarbhunscoileanna cur isteach ar thionscnamh na n-ealaíon san oideachas, Na hEalaíona Beo a Thabhairt do Dhaltaí agus do Mhúinteoirí (BLAST) 2023.

Beidh BLAST ar siúl in 2023 don tríú huair. Déanfaidh clár 2023 cumasú ar 425 cónaitheacht nua ealaíon san oideachas i scoileanna i gcaitheamh na bliana.

Is í aidhm BLAST ná am agus spás a sholáthar do dhaltaí i scoileanna ar fud na tíre chun oibriú le healaíontóir gairmiúil ar thionscadail chruthaitheacha, shamhlaíocha agus spraíúla.

Deartar agus forbraítear na ranganna nuálacha seo idir an t-ealaíontóir, an múinteoir agus an scoil faoi chomhordú líonra na nIonad Tacaíochta Oideachais in Éirinn (ESCI) de 21 ionad tacaíochta oideachais lánaimseartha.

Beidh tuilleadh eolais ar BLAST, treoirlínte agus an fhoirm iarratais ar fáil ó agus ó shuíomhanna gréasáin na 21 ionad tacaíochta oideachais lánaimseartha. Osclófar an próiseas iarratais ar 23 Márta 2023 agus dúnfaidh sé ar 19 Bealtaine 2023.

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Treoirlínte agus Foirmeacha Iarratais

BLAST 2023 Treoirlínte – GA
BLAST 2023 Foirm Iarratais - GA

Ba cheart iarratais chomhlánaithe a sheoladh ar ais chuig This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  faoin 19 Bealtaine, 2023.


BLAST - Bringing Live Arts to Students and Teachers

The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today invited primary and post-primary schools to apply for the arts in education initiative, Bringing Live Arts to Students and Teachers (BLAST) 2023.

BLAST will be running in 2023 for the third time. The 2023 programme will enable 425 new arts in education residencies in schools over the course of the year.

The aim of BLAST is to provide pupils in schools all over the country, time and the space to work with a professional artist on creative, imaginative and fun projects.

These innovative classes are designed and developed between the artist, teacher and the school under the coordination of the Education Support Centres in Ireland (ESCI) network of 21 full-time education support centres.

Further information on BLAST, guidelines and the application form will be available from and from the 21 full-time education support centres’ websites. The application process will open on 23 March 2023 and will close on 19 May 2023.

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Guidelines and Application Forms
BLAST 2023 Guidelines - EN
BLAST 2023 Application Form - EN

Completed applications should be returned to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 19th May 2023

Clár Dhún na nGall d'Ealaíontóirí Údaraithe
Donegal Register of Approved Artists

Artist Name



Kim Sharkey

Visual Arts

Denise Blake

Creative Writing

Bernie Wilson

Visual Arts

Maura Logue

Maura Logue Information


Brí Carr 

Brí Carr Information & Bio

Music & Storytelling

Andrea Emmett 

Information & Bio     

Performing Arts

Annette McNelis

Information & Bio - Annette

Music in Education

Eithne Ní Ghallchobhair

Eithne Ní Ghallchobhair Information & Bio


Kathleen Gallagher

Kathleen Gallagher Information & Bio

Visual Arts & STEM

Julie Griffiths 

   Julie Griffiths Information 

Visual Arts/Textile & Environment

Melissa Culhane

Melissa Culhane Information & Bio

Visual Arts & Animation

Anderinna Gooch

Anderinna Gooch Information & Bio


Margaret Rowland

Margaret Rowland Information & Bio

Visual Arts

Classroom activities for Newly Arrived Students - Booklet

OTB Author Fiona Forman and Graphic Designer Andrea Heron have designed a free booklet to assist teachers in helping newly-arrived children from the Ukraine to feel safe, calm, hopeful and connected, as well as providing them with ways to cope. 

FREE COPIES:Schools may order actual printed copies of the booklet for their Ukrainian children at no charge by completing theFree Booklet Request FormHEREor by emailing:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This free booklet has been rigorously reviewed and subsequently amended by senior educational psychologists and also by Educational Psychotherapist Marie Delaney, who has extensive experience working with students who have been affected by traumatic experiences and is the founder This is to ensure that the content is in line with Government guidelines and good practice.

 Teachers using this booklet should refer to the accompanying Nótaí an Mhúinteora to accompany the Booklet: Fáilte go hÉirinn – Gníomhaíochtaí ranga do dhaltaí nua. 

The booklet – Fáilte go hÉirinn – Gníomhaíochtaí ranga do dhaltaí nua. – is dual language (English and Irish) and is available as a free download or in printed format, free from Outside the Box. 

Tá anLeabhránagus naNotaí an Mhúinteoraar fáil i nGaeilge freisin

The booklet has been written byFiona Formanwho is a Positive Psychology expert and has delivered and continues to deliver well-being training through education centres, teacher training colleges and numerous schools throughout Ireland and overseas. Fiona is the co-author ofWeaving Well-Being&Fí na Folláine(2ndto 6thClasses) now being used in a substantial number of schools in Ireland,Australiaand theUK. More recently Fiona’s junior primary programmeWelcome to Well-Being(Junior Infants to First Class) and secondary school programmeWired for Well-Being(First Year to Third Year) have been published. 

Please keep an eye on theUkrainian Support Pagefor all the latest news, downloads, special announcements and relevant resources, particularly in the following areas: