News from Thurles Education Centre (North Tipperary VEC Senior Traveller Training Centre)

Learners of Thurles Education Centre in The Source Arts Centre, with Artist Rowena Keaveny.

Learners of Thurles Education Centre in The Source Arts Centre, with Artist Rowena Keaveny.

We are drawing closer to the end of our term year and our Learners are completing and preparing their FETAC folders for assessment. An opportunity to progress is the right of every individual. With that in mind, we have been turning our learner’s awareness towards possible paths of educational progression.

We recently visited St Sheelan’s College, Templemore during their open day. While there we were given a warm welcome, a tour of the college and an overview of their full time, FETAC accredited courses. We also attended The 2010 Adult Learner’s Festival in The Tipperary Institute, Thurles, where our Learners experienced a lecture situation and gathered information on courses and possible career avenues.

A more unorthodox experience for us has been our taking part in a Contemporary Dance workshop. The workshop was facilitated by Cois Ceim Dance Company and involved group, partner work, and dance improvisation. This was a great opportunity to bring our Learners out of the class room and into a playful atmosphere where they exercised while still having fun! We would like to take this opportunity to thank Thurles Library for allowing us the use of their community room for this workshop.

Brid Kennedy, who is Regional Director for Concern, recently visited Thurles Education Centre. She gave our Learners a first hand account of the disaster in Haiti and painted an image of the horrific predicament of the Haitan people.

Following Brid’s visit we decided to do something to help and opened our doors to host a coffee morning on the 16th of March.  As part of the event The Tipp FM, Fran Curry Show took up residence in the building. Some of our learners spoke to Fran on air. Among them were Kathleen Crowe, Littleton, who is one of our longest attendants, Terri Copeland, Littleton, Pamela Reilly, Littleton, and Kate and Pat Donoghue from Thurles.

During the day we had an influx of visitors ranging from our new neighbours to staff of The North Tipperary VEC.

With St Patrick’s Day in mind we furnished our craft stall with a selection of badges. Some of which included Kate Donoghue’s, tricolour paper flowers. Making paper flowers is a Traveller tradition that Kate learned from watching her mother and passed on through demonstrations during the coffee morning.

We are delighted to announce that the total funds raised on the day amounted to E520.00.  We would like to thank all who took part in the day and hope to see you again at similar events.

We witnessed “art in the making” through the actions of Offaly based artist, Rowena Keaveny. Rowena has been commissioned by The Source Arts Centre to create an art work directly onto the gallery wall over a three week period and in full view of the public.Rowena took time out with our Learners to answer questions about her practice and to discuss how visual imagery can communicate political ideas.

As always, we welcome any inquiries about what we do in Thurles Education Centre. We can be contacted at thurlesed@eircom.net/(0504) 90476 and we are now online click here

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