Pupils’ Model effort to protect Irish jobs

Niamh Broderick


Niamh Broderick

PuPILS at the Model School can never be accused of not supporting their native city and country.

PuPILS at the Model School can never be accused of not supporting their native city and country.

First of all they do all subjects through the native tongue and last weekend they took it further by promoting Irish made products in the classroom.

Students from An Mhodhscoil, O’Connell Avenue, have been working on an exhibition entitled Déanta in Eirinn, Made in Ireland.

Mayor of Limerick Jim Long was impressed by the students’ originality and innovative thinking when he visited the exhibition.

The committee in charge of the initiative consisted of the principal, Diarmuid Murphy, and the sixth class students council.

The project was focused on creating awareness of products that were produced and packaged entirely in Ireland.

“We are members of the Students Council and we are doing a project about Made in Ireland week. We sent emails to loads of different companies and most of them sent back loads of samples of their products,” said student Cliodhna Hartnett, South Circular Road.

The students received many Irish companies’ information, samples and posters to help them promote their products at the exhibition.

Companies that responded positively included well known Limerick companies such as O’Mahony’s, Carambola Kids, Linnalla ice-cream and Pónaire Coffee. Other large national companies featured were Flavahan’s, Brennan’s Bread, Seavite Skin products, The Handmade Soap Company and SuperValu. The primary aim of the project was to promote Irish jobs.

“Each Irish product the consumer commits to buying is another Irish job saved,” said sixth class student Katelyn Griffin.

Principal Mr Murphy on the aims of the exhibition said: “We want to keep jobs or create jobs in Ireland by buying Irish products. If every school did this it would be three thousand jobs”.

The Students Council endeavoured to create awareness of symbols such as Bord Bia, Irish Quality mark, national Dairy Council, Guaranteed Irish and Love Irishhe students are hoping other schools will follow their example.