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“A Northside Story” Literacy Campaign

“A Northside Story” Literacy Campaign
Date: 23 Sep 2011

This year sees the return of the Literacy Festival 'A Northside Story' that was successfully established last year on the Northside of the city by the Northside Local Education Committee. Recently, the NLEC have identified a need and an opportunity to develop and undertake a literacy initiative that will encompass the entire Northside Community. This initiative is one that is multigenerational in nature, involving children (toddlers to teenagers), their parents and their grandparents.  The book, The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle will play the pivotal focus of all initiatives within the project.

The Community Literacy Festival ‘A Northside Story’ is scheduled to run over a four week period during October 2011. The distribution of books will commence on the week beginning September 26th. Copies of The Giggler Treatment will be distributed to all 2000 households on the Northside of the City.  All pupils attending the seven primary and post-primary schools in the area will be involved in the project. At a community level, the library in Watch House Cross, the Community and Resource Centres and all local agencies are committed to supporting and driving this initiative and ensuring its success.


Other activities during the month include storytelling sessions, story sacks, paired and shared reading sessions and family reading, creating workbooks and comic books, art projects and colouring competitions, table quizzes for the whole community, cookie making and drama workshops. The launch for this event takes place in Watch House Cross Library on Friday 30th of September at 12:30pm and all are welcome to attend and get their free copy of The Giggler Treatment on the day and also check out the other events that are planned.


The purpose of the Northside Local Education Committee is to identify school-related issues at community level that impinge on learning and to seek to address these issues by working collaboratively with other interest groups.  Established in 2002, the NLEC is an ever-evolving committee and membership is divided between parents, pupils and representatives from community, voluntary and statutory bodies.  This includes the Home School Community Liaison, Principals, SMILE School Completion Programme, Northside We’re OK Youth Initiative, Corpus Christi Garda Youth Diversion Project, HSE, Youthreach, City of Limerick VEC, Northstar, Learning Hub Limerick, Limerick City CDP and Limerick City Library.