November 2009: Meán Scoil Nua an Leith Triúigh, Co Kerry
Students from Meán Scoil Nua an Leith Triúigh visited the European Parliament as part of Euroscola Day on Thursday, 26 November. The school is one of the smallest secondary schools in Ireland and is situated in Castlegregory, Co. Kerry.
Jayne Mullally from Brandon was the chosen representative from her school to introduce her class to over 500 secondary school pupils from 22 of the 27 Member States of the European Union at the podium in the European Parliament. Jayne said 'it really was a great experience and naturally it was a nerve-racking experience speaking in front of 500 people. I was very impressed with the views of the young people during the day's discussions.'
In the afternoon, the students from the various Member States were split into groups to discuss topics such as the environment and aid. They then reported back to the general assembly where Liam O'Brien from Castlegregory asked the question - what criteria is used when the European Union grants aid? School Principal, Kieran Begley, was greatly impressed with his students, saying 'it was a terrific honour for us to be representing Ireland at the Parliament and it was great to see the students so interested and enjoying themselves.'