On Thursday the 5th of May, Transition Year student Grace Shelley and librarian Ms Ford went to the Museum of Literature Ireland in town where the James Joyce writing centre is. They left the school at 10.30 and took a taxi which brought them to St Stephen’s Green. They both arrived there at 11.15 which was perfect because the event started at 11.30.
After they were welcomed in they were shown their seats and the presentation began. Various people from UCD and other schools made speeches and spoke about their contribution to Eirsat-1, Ireland’s very first satellite which will hopefully be launched into space in the coming months. Then Grace and Ms Ford read the poem, which is etched onto the bottom of the satellite. This was a very proud moment for everyone who contributed to the poem, including Grace. These people were then awarded with a framed photo of the bottom of Eirsat-1, where you could see the poem.
Afterwards everyone had lunch, which was provided, in the beautiful gardens of the museum. It was a great opportunity to unwind and admire the sprawling lawns. After lunch there was a workshop for the students, where they got to ask questions about Eirsat-1 and write their own poems, snacks and drinks were also provided. Finally, they were recorded reading their lines of the poem.
This was a very proud day for Grace, Ms Ford and this school. Congratulations to Grace Shelley as this is an amazing achievement!
Tracey Ijezie – TY Press