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Moment in Time: Some great photos from Laois primary schools art event in 2005

Students from a number of primary schools around Laois were front and centre in the Dunamaise Arts Centre at an event organised by Laois County Council back in early 2005.

The Arts and Architects in Schools project displayed a number of creations from Scoil Tieghearnach Cullohill, Rathdowney Church of Ireland NS, Killadooley NS, St Patrick’s BNS Mountmellick, Cosby NS Stradbally and Derrylamogue NS.

From painstakingly assembled mosaic pieces, to delicate pottery, sculpture and scale model constructions, a plethora of crafts were exhibited on the day, along with an attractively designed booklet, detailing information about the individual projects.

Addressing a large attendance of teachers, parents, primary school children, Laois County Council and public representatives Assistant Arts Officer Bridie Keenan welcomed new County Manager Peter Carey to his first official function, before expressing her delight at the success and level of enjoyment experienced by the participants.

She added: “We’re lucky to have such support for the arts in Laois and the pieces are a tribute to the students and artists/architects involved.

“Being creative is always fun and 1 want to thank all of the children for their fantastic work.”

After the speeches, the attendance was treated to a dance routine by pupils from Cullohill National School, with the help of dance tutor Marie Cashin.

Organised by the Arts Office of Laois County Council with the aim of developing appreciation for the arts amongst young students, the Artists and Architects in Schools programme involved the help of a number of local artists and architects, who visited participating schools to devise projects.

Alf Harvey was on hand to capture a selection of great photos which you can check out below.

Cathaoirleach of LCC Wiliam Aird MCC and architect Jason O’Shaughnessy with pupils and staff from Cosby NS, Stradbally and their work at the Dunamaise Theatre and Arts Centre on Monday for the Arts Office, Laois County Council Artists & Architects in Schools Projects 2004 Exhibition. Picture: Alf Harvey.
Cathaoirleach of LCC Wiliam Aird MCC and architect Jason O’Shaughnessy with pupils Gavin Stanley, Lauren Vickerdike and Katie Doncien from Cosby NS, Stradbally and their work at the Dunamaise Theatre and Arts Centre on Monday for the Arts Office, Laois County Council Artists & Architects in Schools Projects 2004 Exhibition.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Pupils from Scoil Tighearnach, Cullohill performing their dance workshop at the Dunamaise Theatre and Arts Centre on Monday for the Arts Office, Laois County Council Artists & Architects in Schools Projects 2004 Exhibition.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Pupils from Scoil Tighearnach, Cullohill performing their dance workshop at the Dunamaise Theatre and Arts Centre on Monday for the Arts Office, Laois County Council Artists & Architects in Schools Projects 2004 Exhibition.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Cathaoirleach of LCC Wiliam Aird MCC; Bridie Keenan, from Derrylamogue NS and their work at the Dunamaise Theatre and Arts Centre on Monday for the Arts Office, Laois County Council Artists & Architects in Schools Projects 2004 Exhibition. Picture: Alf Harvey.
Cathaoirleach of LCC Wiliam Aird MCC; Rotimi Adebari, MCC; Bridie Keenan, assistant Arts officer and architect Evelyn Duff with pupils from Derrylamogue NS and their work at the Dunamaise Theatre and Arts Centre on Monday for the Arts Office, Laois County Council Artists & Architects in Schools Projects 2004 Exhibition. Picture: Alf Harvey.

Julie Higgins and Sharon Deegan, pupils from Killadooley NS with some of their pottery at the Dunamaise Theatre and Arts Centre on Monday for the Arts Office, Laois County Council Artists & Architects in Schools Projects 2004 Exhibition. Included in picture are Cathaoirleach of LCC Wiliam Aird MCC; Peter Carey, County manager; Declan Byrne, director of services; Louis Brennan, director of services and Bridie Keenan, assistant Arts officer.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Cathaoirleach of LCC Wiliam Aird MCC; Bridie Keenan, assistant Arts officer and artist Cathy Taylor. with pupils and staff from Scoil Phadraig Naofa, Mountmellick and their work at the Dunamaise Theatre and Arts Centre on Monday for the Arts Office, Laois County Council Artists & Architects in Schools Projects 2004 Exhibition. Picture: Alf Harvey.
Cathaoirleach of LCC Wiliam Aird MCC; artist Collette O’Brien; Bridie Keenan, assistant Arts officer with pupils and staff from Rathdowney Church of Ireland NS and their work at the Dunamaise Theatre and Arts Centre on Monday for the Arts Office, Laois County Council Artists & Architects in Schools Projects 2004 Exhibition. Picture: Alf Harvey.
Artist Collette O’Brien and Bridie Keenan, assistant Arts officer with pupils Wesley Whiteford, Cameron Murphy, Lisa Stanley and Sarah Moynan from Rathdowney Church of Ireland NS and their work at the Dunamaise Theatre and Arts Centre on Monday for the Arts Office, Laois County Council Artists & Architects in Schools Projects 2004 Exhibition. Picture: Alf Harvey.

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