Transition Year

TY Development Week

This year was the 4th annual TY Development Week running from the 22nd April to 3rd May.  The purpose of Development Week is to continue the Spiritan Tradition of Mission and Development.  We also focus on Local, National and Global Citizenship, Fair Trade and the Millennium Goals. We  work with a number of organisations such as Irish Aid, Plan Ireland, LASC, Gorta, Wassawassa and Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconcilation. These organisations send in speakers to give talks and workshops on the central ideas mentioned above. The workshops are based on:

  • Glencree – workshop on conflict resolution in Israel/Palestine and the Arab Spring

  • Irish Aid – workshop on the work of Irish Aid in Malawi, focussing on the concept of food security

  • LASC – introduction to Central and South America and its development with a workshop on “The Coca Trail” and the lives of the Indigenous peoples of Latin America

  • Plan Ireland – workshop on the treatment of girls and women in the Developing World

  • Wassa Wassa – Introduction to West African culture, African drumming workshop African dance workshop and a combined performance of drumming and dance at the end of the day

  • Gorta - workshop on Climate Change and Climate Justice

  • Lord of War – film about the international arms trade

  • Beasts of No Nation - film about African child soldiers


Activity Week

Tuesday 3rd - Friday 6th May saw the TYs away on a number of activities - short hikes up Bray Head and Tickknock, Paintballing in Special Ops Wicklow and and overnight in Shannon River Adventure Roscommon.

Gaisce Bronze Medal Walk

This year 48 TY students completed a 30km adventure walk over 2 days around the Boyne Valley, staying overnight in Newgrange Lodge Hostel. The walk was lead by Activity Nation and members of the local Ramblers Club



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