Tributes to county's Meitheal leaders
WEXFORD Local Development, in association with the County Wexford Meitheal Alliance, hosted some 240 students from 22 second level schools across Wexford in The Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey, last week for the annual Meitheal Leaders Awards Day.
Certificates of achievement were presented to the Meitheal leaders by first year students from their respective schools. Meitheal is a mentoring and anti-bullying programme which has been in Wexford post-primary schools for 14 years. Leaders are a friendly face for first years and provide invaluable support during the difficult transition phase from primary to secondary school. Joining the programme for the first time this year was the fledgling Creagh College, Gorey, which had students of the appropriate age for the first time. The schools also include Coláiste Bhríde Carnew which has a large number of Co Wexford students.
Speakers included Meitheal leader Stephen Murphy from the CBS, Enniscorthy; Brian Kehoe, CEO of WLD; and Marguerite Furlong, chairperson of the Co Wexford Meitheal Alliance. MCs were students Una Sinnott of Coláiste Bhríde Carnew and Ciaran Flood of Gorey Community School. Marguerite Furlong called on the elected representatives present to seek a restoration of funding for the programme, as the non-disadvantaged schools now have to fund the programme themselves. The leaders were congratulated on their achievements during the year.