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Saturday 3 December 2016

Kids share their vision for Ireland - sport, dancing ... and better weather

Children pictured at Collins Barracks yesterday for The Childrens 1916/2016 reception
Children pictured at Collins Barracks yesterday for The Childrens 1916/2016 reception
Pictured at Collins Barracks yesterday for The Childrens 1916/2016 reception were Grace Brewer, (9), Mary Mother of Hope School, Scarlett Wilmot (10), Holy Trinity School, Dr James Reilly TD Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Hiba Almarsoomi(10) and Maeve Conroy (11) both of The Devine Word School

A TOURIST walk through the places where 40 children lost their lives during the Easter Rising has been proposed by schoolchildren.

It was one of the ideas put forward during a consultation process in which children were asked how the boys and girls from 1916 could be honoured.

Children from schools in Dublin, Meath and Louth came together yesterday at Collins Barracks as part of a series of events being held by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA).

It’s part of the youth and imagination strand of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.

Another suggestion arising from the consultations was that a plaque could list the names of the children who died.

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Pictured at Collins Barracks yesterday for The Childrens 1916/2016 reception were Grace Brewer, (9), Mary Mother of Hope School, Scarlett Wilmot (10), Holy Trinity School, Dr James Reilly TD Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Hiba Almarsoomi(10) and Maeve Conroy (11) both of The Devine Word School

The 48 children were also asked to decide what they would like to keep about Ireland, change or would not want to bring into the next century.

Tomasz Maksylewicz (9), who goes to school in Redeemer Boys National School in Dundalk, said that he would like people would stop littering.

“Also, I don’t like it when people spend too much time on the Playstation,” Tomasz

told the Herald.

Erylle Carandang (9), from Clonburris National School in Clondalkin, said she likes Ireland’s amazing food and the way everyone is really nice, but she did have an issue with the weather.

“I don’t like it when it snows in the summer,” she said.

Meanwhile, Conor Brack (10), who attends St Ultan’s primary school in Dublin’s Cherry Orchard, said he loves all our sports. But if he had to eliminate anything from Ireland, it would be “all the violence”.

Rebecca Anderson (9), who also attends St Ultan’s in Cherrywood, was a fan of all kinds of dancing. But she said she would like to see the country rid of bullying.

Children’s Minister James Reilly said the most important topics voted by children will be put in a time capsule.

“The report from all six consultations will be presented by some of you to ministers and decision-makers at a major children’s event in April 2016,” he told participants.

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