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TY Economics – Fiona O’Loughlin (National Politician) Visit In

4A recently met Fiona O’Loughlin as part of the Economics module.

Fiona told the students about the work of a national politician. She explained how she became involved in public life and told the students about her career in politics to date.

Elected in the general election in February 2016 as a Fianna Fail TD for Kildare South, Fiona spoke to the students about her work in the national parliament. She is the chairperson of the Education Committee and also a member of the Mental Health Committee. Fiona is the FF spokesperson for Equality and spoke about this. She outlined what she hopes to achieve in national politics. It was interesting to hear about the issues that Fiona is focusing on.

Fiona also discussed her work outside of politics. She was a primary school teacher in Newbridge before becoming a poltician. Having been heavily involved in organising the Special Olympics when it was held in Ireland in 2003, she spoke with pride and passion about that venture and still contributes wherever she can in this area.

There was discussion around the local and national situation – touching on economic issues. The students had the opportunity to engage with Fiona around these and it was a worthwhile learning experience.

We would like to thank Fiona for taking time out of a busy schedule to visit our school and educate our TY students and we wish her well in the future.

TY Economics – Ivan Keatley (Local Politician) Visit In

4A recently welcomed Ivan Keatley to CPC as part of the Economics module. Ivan is a past pupil of our school and is a member of Kildare County Council since Martin Heydon’s (another past pupil) election to Dail Eireann in 2011. Ivan replaced Martin as a FG county councillor and he outlined the work involved in being a local public representative. Re-elected in the Local Elections in 2014, he was the mayor of the county for a year until June 2017 and is currently chairperson of the Athy Municipal District.

The students had the opportunity to ask questions and engage with Ivan on economic issues. There was discussion of the economic situation. Ivan explained the role of the county council – most importantly in passing an annual budget. It was an interesting learning experience for the students and a great opportunity to gain an insight into the workings of local government.

We wish to thank Ivan for taking the time to visit the school and meet our students.

TY Equine Studies – Kildangan Stud Visit Out

4C recently visited Kildangan Stud as part of the Equine Studies module. It was interesting to get a guided tour of the farm – to find out what takes place there and see some of the stallions.

It was also useful to hear about the Godolphin Flying Start programme.

A big thanks to Eoin & Martin for their input. The students really enjoyed the visit and learned a lot.

 

TY Equine Studies – Jockey (Shane Foley) Visit In

Shane Foley, a leading flat jockey, recently visited CPC to meet 4D as part of the TY Equine Studies module. Shane gave an interesting talk – which the students learned a lot from. There was a wide-ranging discussion about many issues and the students got to put questions to Shane.

Shane explained about his life as a jockey and his routine throughout the year. He told us about how he got into the racing industry and became a jockey … and how he landed his first classic at the Curragh last year. He explained how he travels around the world to ride in races. He also outlined how he maintains his weight and fitness.

It was a great learning opportunity and an enjoyable experience. A big thanks to Shane for taking the time to visit our school and we wish him well for the future.

TY Economics – Local Politician (Suzanne Doyle) Visit In

4B recently welcomed Suzanne Doyle as part of the Economics module. Suzanne is a past pupil of CPC and is a member of Kildare County Council.

There was a discussion about a number of issues (with a focus on economic matters) and Suzanne made an effort to engage with the students. The students had an opportunity to ask questions. It was useful to hear Suzanne’s views given her experience in local politics. It was also interesting to hear a little about Budget 2018 (which is being announced tomorrow).

It was a really useful learning opportunity and a worthwhile experience. We’d like to say thanks to Suzanne for taking time to visit our school and educate our TY students. We wish her well for the future.

TY Equine Studies – Journalist (Niall Cronin) Visit In

Niall Cronin, a sports journalist with The Herald, recently visited CPC to meet 4D as part of the Equine Studies module. He also does some work for Boylesports and the local press (the Nationalist).

Niall spoke to the students at length about the work of a journalist – he outlined the rewards and challenges of the profession. It was fascinating to listen to him talk about some of the stories he has covered. There was an interesting discussion about journalism in general and the students had the opportunity to ask questions.

It was a great learning experience for the TY students – they got a genuine insight into the world of journalism. Niall advised the students in relation to pursuing a career in this area – he explained the pros and cons of it – but overall he made it sound like an exciting job.

We’d like to thank Niall for visiting our school and helping to educate our students.

TY Equine Studies – RACE Visit In

4D recently visited RACE (Racing Academy and Centre of Education) in Kildare as part of their Equine Studies module. Established in 1973, it is the training centre for apprentice jockeys.

The students got to look around the facilities there and had the opportunity to ask questions. Paul Keane (Sales & Marketing Manager) explained the operations of RACE and outlined the courses offered there.

Thanks to Paul for what was an enjoyable experience and a worthwhile learning opportunity for the students.

TY Economics – Sean O’Fearghail (TD & Ceann Comhairle) Visit In

Sean O’Fearghail TD recently visited CPC to meet 4B as part of the TY Economics module. Sean represents the Kildare South constituency in Dail Eireann – where he has served as a TD since 2002. He is the Ceann Comhairle of the current Dail and is the first person directly elected to that position by the members.

Prior to becoming a TD, Sean served as a Senator and a County Councillor (he was a member of Kildare County Council before moving into national politics).

It was a great learning experience for the students. There was a wide-ranging discussion and the students had the opportunity to engage with Sean and ask questions. It was informative to explore the economic issues in Ireland and develop a better understanding of the current economic situation. The issues discussed included Brexit, the housing crisis, the welfare system and the situation regarding refugees in Ireland. It was particularly interesting, with Budget 2018 coming up in a few weeks time, to explore the options that the Government has in relation to revenue and expenditure measures.

We’d like to thank Sean for taking the time to visit the school and meet our TY students. We wish him well for the future.

TY Economics – Leinster House – Visit Out

 
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A group of TY students recently visited Leinster House as part of the Economics module. The opportunity arose out of a visit to the school earlier in the year by Kildare South TD (and Ceann Comhairle) Sean O’Fearghail. There was a suggestion of a trip to Leinster House and Sean facilitated a group to visit our National Parliament.

The students enjoyed a guided tour – taking in both the Seanad and the Dail. It was an interesting experience and the students could ask questions. After the tour, Darragh O’Brien TD spoke to them about his work.

As part of the tour, the students had the opportunity to sit in the visitors gallery in both Houses of the Oireachtas. They learned about the history of Leinster House as well as finding out about how our National Parliament functions.

We wish to say a big thanks to our tour guide (Ken) as well as to Darragh for their contributions today. It was a memorable trip and we really enjoyed it.

TY Equine Studies – Gilltown Stud Visit Out

4C visited Gilltown Stud as part of the Equine Studies module. It was a great opportunity for the students as well as being an enjoyable visit.

The students got a close up look at the three resident stallions – Harzand, Born To Sea and Sea The Stars. They saw the 16 acre lake and observed the larger than lifesize bronzes of Shergar and Sinndar (sculpted by David Wynne). Julie White spoke to them about a range of issues and the students had the opportunity to ask questions during the tour.

Owned by the Aga Khan, Gilltown is one of his four stud farms in Ireland (along with Sallymount, Sheshoon and Ballyfair). We are very grateful to the staff there (Julie in particular) for accomodating us and providing us with such a pleasant learning experience. We wish them all well for the future.