Stepping into history in Wexford

By David tucker

Published 08/12/2015 | 00:00

The pupils who worked on the book at the launch in St. iberius Church with Vicki Barron, School Principal, Mayor of Wexford Ger Carthy , Thomas O'Leary/ who launched the book, William Roche, Lions Club President, and Monica Crofton, Lions Club and editor of the book.
The pupils who worked on the book at the launch in St. iberius Church with Vicki Barron, School Principal, Mayor of Wexford Ger Carthy , Thomas O'Leary/ who launched the book, William Roche, Lions Club President, and Monica Crofton, Lions Club and editor of the book.
Lorraine Hawkins, Laura Hawkins and Margie Barron.
Grace Buckley and Leanne Simmons.
Leah Pielow, Harry Thompson and Kevin Roche.
Saoirse Cloney, Hegan Johnston and Brenda Cloney.
Sinead, Freya and Anne Reck.
Sass Thompson and Saoirse Cloney.

The Book of Selskar was officially launched at St Iberius Church recently, the culmination of lots of hard work by 6th Class children from St Iberius National School, Wexford, following a competition run by Wexford Lions Club.

The children visited the Abbey earlier this year along with other primary schools from the town. Their recollection of the visit, in book format, was so impressive that it was decided a limited print run would be made available.

Edited by local historian and Lions Club member Monica Crofton The Book of Selskar is suitable for all ages. At the children's request, director and actor Tom O'Leary officially launched the book.

Rosemary Hayes, the PRO for Wexford Lions said Mayor Ger Carthy was the guest and invited the children to a council meeting where they could see the town mace and other historical items. Tom O'Leary, who hails from John Street, told the children that she was a young man, what appeared to be a forest stood between his house, the abbey and the town wall. He said that through the book, the children had written themselves into history and he was sure some would become published authors as adults. The book is available from the Book Centre, the school, or through Lions members. Any profits raised go back to the school.

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