Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Future primary teachers avail of the Inis Meáin Public Library Service

Over 100 students from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin, Froebel College of Education,Dublin and Marino College of Further Education, Dublin, have just completed (at the end of June) three weeks of study on Inis Meáin on the Aran Islands. The students were taking Irish Language Courses in order to improve their spoken Irish. All students are following the Bachelor of Education Degree which is designed to qualify students to teach in primary school. During their stay on the island the students made good use of the Inis Meáin Public Library service.

During regular visits they consulted the library’s local studies collection and the reference library, and they also used the library to research important Aran writers including Liam O’Flaherty and John Millington Synge. In addition to borrowing books for home use, the students availed of the free internet access which the library provides.

Inis Meáin Librarian, Máirín Uí Chonghaile, assisted the students with their research, and used her own extensive knowledge of the island and the Irish Language in helping the students. As our photographs indicate some of the visits by the students to the library turned into informal seminars led by Máirín Uí Chonghaile.


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