The actor Paraic Breathnach, best-known for his role as Jacksie in Killinaskully, was on hand recently to launch a new collection of Irish and English poetry written by Transition Year students from Roscommon CBS.
The collection, entitled ‘Duilleoga’ was launched in the Town Hall Theatre, Galway as part of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature.
In his speech, Paraic said that the collection was a tribute to the students, to the teacher who organised the publication, Colette Nic Aodha, and to the school itself. He told them that they should be extremely proud of their efforts in composing original poetry both in Irish and English. He stressed the importance of poetry in their lives, and stated that while there was lots of information in the world, there was very little knowledge. He felt that the students, through their poems had demonstrated a deep knowledge of the world, and had conveyed it in a very interesting and original way. He also referenced and recited some of his favourite poems in the collection.
The launch concluded with many of the Transition Years reciting their own poems. Overall, it they felt it was a very different and enjoyable experience, and they thanked Mr. Gerry McGarry for accompanying them on the trip, and Miss Colette NicAodha for carrying out a poetry workshop with the class, helping them to get the book published and launched at such a prestigious event. The book costs €5 and is available from the school.