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Primary Schools get Active with Architecture.

Published: 25th March 2013

11 Primary schools in Offaly recently got active with architecture as they participated in Offaly County Council's

Engage with Architecture programme. Currently the work of all participating schools is on display in Aras an Chontae, in the form of disused buildings in their areas re-imagined for a new purpose.

Leas Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, Cllr. Liam Quinn addressed two of the schools as they visited the exhibition (Clareen and Rath National Schools) and said, "you should be very proud of your work on display here, you have all demonstrated great ideas and maybe someday you will be involved in making them a reality. The members of Offaly County Council are really minding our towns and villages for future generations, for young people like you who will inherit its development, and it is important for us that you know that."

This is the third year of the Engage with Architecture Schools Programme in Offaly, which is led by the Arts, Heritage and Architecture services of Offaly County Council and over the three years over 2,000 young people have been engaging with architecture in different ways, in projects facilitated by Jennifer Dillon.

The students of Clareen and Rath NS were also treated to a tour of the exhibition Artists on Architecture as part of their visit to Aras an Chontae, which really opened their minds to how artists work and respond and how architecture can be interpreted.

Both exhibits are on display in Aras an Chontae until the end of March,

Other participating schools in the 2013 programme included, Cappagh NS, Ballybryan NS; St. Cynoc's NS, Kinnitty NS, Monasteroris NS, Croghan NS, St. Josephs NS Moneygall, Edenderry Boys NS and Shinrone NS

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