Penny Adventures - Draiocht’s Largest Education Project To Date

January 10, 2016

1 Month
31 Schools
107 Classes

2590 pupils

Penny Adventures 1916 Literature Project
With Author Brian Gallagher and Illustrator Alan Nolan

NOVEMBER 2015 – APRIL 2016

Poets and writers featured strongly amongst the leaders of the Rising, so it seems fitting that literature play a prominent part in Draíocht’s commemoration event for 2016.

Our commemoration project began with an epic tour of all Dublin 15 Schools, both 6th class pupils in the Primary Schools and 1st year students in the Secondary Schools, by local historical fiction author Brian Gallagher, starting in November 2015. Over the month of November, Brian visited 31 schools and talked to more than 2,500 pupils about what it’s like to be an author, how to research and write a book and then he read excerpts from his thrilling novel ‘Friend or Foe’, a thought provoking, fast-moving tale that captures the atmosphere of revolutionary Dublin and the misery and chaos of war.

From those 31 schools, three 6th classes have been selected and using themes from Brian’s book and hints from his talk, they will engage in a 10 week literature and visual arts project, learning about the 1916 experience in an innovative and challenging way. Working with writer, illustrator and cartoonist Alan Nolan, classes will experience a mix of hands-on workshops, tours and talks learning about story writing and cartooning, all building towards creating a full length cartoon book. The project also includes a 1916 Dublin City Tour and a visit from historians from Collins Barracks.

The 3 schools are:
Scoil Thomais Laurel Lodge, Castleknock

Scoil Nais Mhuire, Blakestown, Mullhuddart
Mary Mother Of Hope Senior National School Littlepace, Castaheany

By March 2016 the finished cartoon strips will be professionally edited and the project will culminate in an opening celebration and exhibition of the children’s work in Draíocht’s First Floor Gallery, running from April-May 2016. The work the children produce will also be published in a comic book, along with a short film documentary which will be screened at the exhibition opening.

This project has been made possible by additional generous funding by Fingal County Council Arts Office.

For further information about Penny Adventures, please contact Sarah Beirne, Children & Youth Arts Officer, tel 01-8098029 or email

Brian Gallagher and pupils from Scoil Thomais, Nov 2015

Brian Gallagher and students from Riversdale, Nov 2015

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