A 1916 theme was much in evidence with an author visit from Sheena Wilkinson whose book Name Upon Name deals with the complexities of the period in a Belfast setting. Students, having read the book and enjoyed Sheena’s presentation, gained a greater understanding of this most pivotal time in Irish history. Artist Maeve McCarthy used Brian Merriman’s epic poem Cúirt an Mhean Oíche to explore Ireland’s position as taken from Poblacht na hÉireann.
Career guidance also featured in a packed programme with Science Ireland providing an interactive physics show that was great fun and inspired a future interest in the science subjects according to the participants. Sarah B. of youth radio station SPIN southwest spoke about how she pursued her goal of working in the media. Her enthusiasm for her chosen profession was evident and made for an interesting, lively talk. She also gave practical advice on producing demos for job applications and the interview process.