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Monday 21 August 2017

Young authors see their books go on display in Trinity College library

Kathleen O'Toole, programme manager TAP with Xheesjana Celkolaj (left), Amy Doyle, and Sam Davis, all pupils from Our Lady of Lourdes NS, Inchicore
Kathleen O'Toole, programme manager TAP with Xheesjana Celkolaj (left), Amy Doyle, and Sam Davis, all pupils from Our Lady of Lourdes NS, Inchicore

THEY'RE some of Dublin's youngest budding writers and now their books have gone on display in the capital's most historic library.

The Long Room at Trinity College last night hosted an awards ceremony for 5th and 6th class pupils from across the city as part of the university's 'Bookmark Exhibition'.

All 86 stunning books were written, illustrated and bound by children from Our Lady of Lourdes National School in Inchicore, Our Lady of Good Counsel Boys' National School in Drimnagh and St Mary's Boys' National School on Haddington Road.

Created with the help of author Maura Byrne and illustrator Hannah Maguire, the books will be on display for the next fortnight.

Kathleen O'Toole Brennan from the Trinity Access Programme told the awards ceremony that seeing the children make their own books "couldn't be more special".

"They're absolutely gorgeous. They have very vivid illustrations and exceptional stories, they're so imaginative," she told the Herald.

Kathleen explained that the aim of the programme is to give children a chance to create something they will always remember.

"We hope that six years from now that these children will consider college and they may even consider a career as a writer, a journalist, an author - who knows?" she said.

"Like one of the students said today, it will be fantastic for them in years down the road for them to be able to tell their own children and grandchildren that their book was in Trinity."

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