Limerick school celebrates peacekeeping with global delegation

Jess Casey

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Jess Casey

Students with Captain Brian Lynch, Donal Cronin and principal Norma O’Brien Pictures: Adrian Butler

Students with Captain Brian Lynch, Donal Cronin and principal Norma O’Brien Pictures: Adrian Butler

THOMOND Community College has become the first school in Limerick chosen to take part in a new Government programme, aiming to double the country’s global impact by 2025.

The secondary school in Moylish Park is one of 20 schools nationwide selected to pilot the Global Schools programme, which gives students the chance to explore Ireland’s role in the United Nations (UN).

The programme also aims to highlight the importance placed on Ireland’s contributions to peacekeeping, international development, and identifying multilateral solutions to the shared challenges faced globally. 

Last week, TCC hosted Captain Brian Lynch of the Defense Forces and Dónal Cronin of the Department of Foreign Affairs, who visited the school as part of a Global Schools delegation visit. 

 TCC students heard about the work of the Irish Embassy and the plans to broaden its footprint through Global Ireland. Students also learned about the importance of the UN and why Ireland is a member.  

Diplomacy and Irish trade bilateral and multilateral partnerships were also discussed with the students. 

A history of Ireland’s peacekeeping work over the last 60 years was also outlined to students and a UN Security Campaign video was screened.

After a questions and answers session with the students, a copy of the UN charter was also presented to students, and the UN flag was also raised by the school. 

The ‘Global Schools’ programme was launched in December 2018, and will be trialled in the 20 selected schools this month.

Following the pilot, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Education and Skills, and the Department of Defence will work together to develop the wider ‘Global Schools’ programme and roll out a plan for all second level schools.