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“A Northside Story” Literacy Campaign

This year sees the return of the community literacy festival “A Northside Story” that was successfully established last year on the Northside of the city by the Northside Local Education Committee (NLEC).

The purpose of the NLEC is to identify school related issues at community level that impinge on learning and to seek to address these issues by working collaboratively with other interest groups. Established in 2002, the NLEC is an ever-evolving committee and membership is divided between parents, pupils, and representatives from community, voluntary and statutory bodies.

The festival is multi-generational in nature involving children (Toddlers – Teenagers), their parents and their grandparents. The book, ‘The Giggler Treatment’ by Roddy Doyle will play the pivotal focus of all initiatives within the project, which runs for the month of October. Copies of the book have been distributed to all 2000 households on the Northside of the City. Other activities during the month include storytelling, family reading, quizzes and workshops.

Richard Lynch, one of the co-owners and presenters for I Love Limerick hosted the launch last Friday at the library in Watch House Cross and all students attending the seven primary and post primary schools in the area turned out in full force with their parents and teachers. Reading is such an important part of knowledge and its great to see the passion these kids had for this book.

Richard Lynch and students from Corpus Christi National School Moyross at the launch the literacy festival "A Northside Story". Photo by Eva Birdthistle

Richard and students from Corpus Christi National School Moyross at the launch the literacy festival “A Northside Story”. Photo by Eva Birdthistle.

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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